The commercial truck industry is booming and the proof is in the growing freight index, which tracks shipping in the truck industry.

The DAT North American Freight Index showed a 42 percent increase in January 2013 compared to the same month last year. That was the highest mark ever posted in January and demonstrated a robust commercial truck season. The DAT North American Freight Index is a measure of spot market freight availability in the U.S. and Canada.

In fact, it was the first time the index showed growth from December to January. The holiday shopping season typically pushes up business for commercial truck only to drop down to more normal levels in January. However, this year the growth experienced in December continued on into January despite the fact that for the past 10 years there had been an average decline of 13 percent from December to January.

For those looking to take advantage of the growth in the commercial truck industry, the Hamrick School is preparing students for a bright and long-term career as a professional truck driver. The demand for drivers is high, but the majority of carriers are looking for drivers with experience and professional CDL training, and the Hamrick School is helping to create the next generation of American truck drivers.