130-Truck California-Based Carrier to Shut Down After 48 Years in Business
San Leandro, CA – A California-based union carrier is shuttering its operations after more than 48 years in business.
Rodgers Trucking Company (RTC), a less-than-load (LTL) carrier servicing Northern California will close its doors for good on April 30, 2020, according to owner Frank Ghiglione.
“I’m 83 years old and I’m sick of it,” Ghiglione told Transportation Nation Network (TNN).
RTC was founded in 1971 and hauls dry freight, including food and beverage products.
Ghiglione, who has been there from the beginning, says that while he is sad to see it come to an end, he’s had enough of the stifling regulatory environment in California.
“There is no way to do business in California anymore,” he lamented.
He indicated the financial challenges presented by being a union carrier and competing for freight against non-union competitors also played a role in the decision to call it quits.
A recent effort was made to sell the company, but Ghiglione says it failed.
“It has been on the market for 6 months and no one will by it because we are a union company,” he explained.
RTC had “about 130 drivers” when in late January the company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice with the state and began notifying employees of the impending closure.
Ghiglione says it was important to him to make sure his employees had ample time to find new jobs.
“I don’t like leaving, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible,” he stated.
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Thankfully, Ghiglione says about 90 percent of his drivers have already found new jobs.
In fact, most of them hired on with his biggest customer.
Earlier this week, TNN reported the impending closure of Nashville, TN-based Howard Baer Inc.
Citing rising insurance costs and the electronic logging devices mandate, the refrigerated carrier called it quits after 69 years.
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