Freight-related firms across US hit with 218 layoffs

Bath & Body Works Logistics Services announced June 18 that it laid off 85 employees from a distribution center in Columbus, Ohio.

The layoffs are tied to clothing retailer Express filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, officials said.

“The [distribution] facility provides logistics and shipping services to the Express clothing brand. On April 22, Express filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced its plan to close 100 stores. Since that time Express’s volume has remained low and unpredictable....

C.H. Robinson slashes over 50% of US sales team, sources say

Truck brokerage giant C.H. Robinson Worldwide laid off around 80 members of its remaining 150 sales representatives in the U.S. on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the cuts.

The source said the sales division of the publicly traded brokerage has slashed U.S. sales jobs by around 89% over the past six years as it turned its focus from its people to embracing technology.

“We once had about 650 sales reps in the U.S. divisions, but that number dropped as C.H. Robinson’s focus switched...

Shuttered California LTL carrier files for bankruptcy

Tony's Express trailers

Less-than-truckload carrier Tony’s Express of Fontana, California, has filed for bankruptcy protection, nearly three months after it abruptly ceased operations by notifying around 200 truck drivers, warehouse workers and office personnel via text message that they no longer had jobs.

John H. Ohle, president and sole shareholder of Tony’s Express, bought the company in May 2023 from brothers Anthony “Tony” Raluy and George Raluy. Their father started the business in 1954.

Less than a year after...

Texas supply chain-related firms hit with 285 layoffs

Freight packaging provider Ardagh Glass Packaging Inc. and food supplier Fresh & Ready Foods recently announced the permanent closure of facilities in Texas, according to filings with the Texas Workforce Commision.

Ardagh Glass Packaging announced the closure of a glass production facility in Houston. A total of 220 employees will be laid off by the end of the year.

An Ardagh Glass Packaging-North America spokesperson said the layoffs are the result of market conditions.

“After reviewing current...

Texas-based U.S. Logistics Solutions files for bankruptcy liquidation

Texas-based U.S. Logistics Solutions has filed for bankruptcy liquidation, stating that its lender pulled the plug on its funding, which forced the company to shutter operations Thursday and left a disputed number of truck drivers, dock and warehouse workers, and sales and office personnel without jobs.

In a statement to FreightWaves Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ten Oaks Group, the private equity firm that owned the company, said its “third-party lender refused to move forward with financial...

Texas logistics company with 500 truck drivers abruptly ceases operations

About 2,000 truck drivers, warehouse and dock workers, and office personnel of Humble, Texas-based U.S. Logistics Solutions (USLS), formerly Forward Air Solutions, say they were blindsided late Thursday when they were notified via conference calls or by text messages that the company was ceasing operations and that they would not receive paychecks Friday.

Eric Culberson, former president of USLS, confirmed the closure in a LinkedIn post on Saturday, stating that thousands of workers were without...

Indiana carrier seeks post-bankruptcy financing deal with factoring company

An attorney representing an Indiana trucking company and two of its affiliates are seeking a bankruptcy court’s approval to enter into a post-petition financing agreement with WEX Bank, a company that specializes in fuel card and factoring services.

Prior to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 31 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana, APL Cargo and affiliates Indy National Leasing and Ecosmart Trucks entered into an over-the-road account agreement,...

Indiana-based trucking company with 122 drivers files for bankruptcy

An Indiana trucking company with 122 drivers and 142 power units recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

APL Cargo Inc. of Wolcott, Indiana, filed its petition Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

The trucking company hauls general freight, fresh produce and meat, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER website. 

No reason was given for the filing by APL Cargo, which lists Stefan Trifan as president, but the petition...

Former FedEx Ground contractor files for bankruptcy liquidation

A California company, which once contracted with FedEx Ground to deliver packages before filing suit against the global delivery giant (NYSE: FDX) in November over alleged illegal business practices, has filed for bankruptcy liquidation. 

PYNQ Logistics Services Inc., doing business as PLS Inc. of Pleasanton, California, filed its petition Wednesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. 

In its petition, PYNQ lists its assets of up to $50,000 and its liabilities of...

Illinois trucking companies file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Illinois-based Patriot Transport and its sister company, Expeditor Systems, recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

Igor Terletsky is listed as president of both Patriot Transport Inc. of Carol Stream and Expeditor Systems of Burr Ridge in the Chapter 11 petitions filed separately in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

No reason was given as to why the companies filed for bankruptcy protection, but both trucking seek to reorganize. 

As of publication, John...

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