Black Horse Carriers Not Shutting Down Wisconsin Terminal After All
Pewaukee, WI – After notifying Wisconsin state officials it was shutting down its Pewaukee terminal, Black Horse Carriers Inc. now says the terminal will remain open.
In a notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Illinois-based carrier says it will be keeping its Pewaukee terminal open, but still laying off 38 workers, including 32 truck drivers.
A Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) letter was filed on February 21, in which company officials said the facility would be closing effective February 24.
At that time, Black Horse indicated the sudden closure was due to losing an account and would result in the permanent elimination of 68 employees, including 61 truck drivers.
However, in a follow up notice filed five days later, Nancy Brooks, director of human resources, said in the carrier’s urgency to provide notice to state and city officials it inadvertently provided wrong information.
“On February 21, Black Horse Carriers met with the customer to discuss the decrease in business volume and learned that it would need to lay-off employees in response. In an effort to provide immediate notice (to the state and city), incorrect information was given,” Brooks stated.
Instead, the carrier will lay-off the more than three dozen employees, not counting employees who have worked fewer than six of the last 12 months, effective Saturday, March 7.
Brooks indicated the company is doing its best to “transfer as many employees as possible to other facilities.”
Therefore, she writes, “The number of employees who suffer a job loss may decrease.”
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