DTNA, Floyd’s Truck Center help provide vehicle to tech school

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) and Floyd’s Truck Center have worked together to help donate a 2011 Freightliner 114SD to a diesel technical school in Colorado, the Journal-Advocate first reported Thursday.

According to the newspaper’s report, Floyd’s Fixed Operations Director Sid Johnston and Service Manager Cody Bohl presented the truck at Northeastern Junior College Wednesday during an event at the school.

Jimmy Atecio, coordinator of the NJC program, told the Journal-Advocate the vehicle will allow the school to better compete with other technical programs in the area as students will recognize NJC “as a credible diesel program.”

The Freightliner donated to the school came from the DTNA training facility in Portland, Ore., on the request of Floyd’s Truck Center, sponsors of the NJC program.

During Wednesday’s presentation, both Johnston and Bohl spoke of the career opportunities available for tech students in the diesel tech industry, and of the shortage currently plaguing dealers, independent repair shops and truck fleets.

“It’s a great career and as you get into it there’s good money to be made,” Johnston told the students, the newspaper reports.

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