JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- There is a need for truck drivers, so a southern Indiana company is training new ones.

Mr. P Express broke ground Wednesday on its expanded Over-the-Road Driving School in Jeffersonville's River Ridge Commerce Center.

Officials say when they realized the company's growth depended on finding certified drivers, they decided to open their own driving school.

Since opening in 2006, the training school has certified over 1,000 drivers. But as the need for drivers continued to grow, Mr. P Express decided to expand to a new 16-acre site.

"There's probably a 50,000 to 70,000 shortage of truck drivers in the United States today," Owner Allan Parnell said. "It's critical. People always ask me. 'How many trucks you running?' Well, I'm running this many trucks, but I would run a lot more if I could get the drivers."

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