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U.S. Xpress to grow Chattanooga work force by 30 percent

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press)-- Trucking company U.S. Xpress will boost its Chattanooga work force by 30 percent in coming months as rising consumer confidence and a thawing economy drive demand for trucking and transportation services in 2011, according to company co-founder Max Fuller.

The increase means adding 300 new hires to the current 1,000 local workers as part of a plan for long-term growth, Fuller said. While the company didn't offer salary specifics, spokesman Greg Thompson said office jobs at U.S. Xpress typically pay above the $37,000 median income for full-time workers in Chattanooga.

Fuller spoke at the 10,000-employee company's 25th anniversary celebration on Friday, where a marketing partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project also was announced. The nonprofit group assists soldiers who have physical or brain injuries, spokeswoman Brea Kratzert said.

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