Defunct GDS Express Pays Drivers Part of Owed Wages
Akron, OH – A few days after learning their company was ceasing operations, drivers for Akron, OH-based GDS Express got a bit of good news on Friday.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has confirmed that former GDS Express drivers received compensation for wages owed from the week of December 9-16, 2019.
On Friday, multiple GDS drivers told TNN they received their paychecks as normal for trips made last week.
However, sources indicate it has not yet been determined if drivers will receive wages owed to them from this week.
Scherrie Ward, a GDS driver of 21 years, told TNN on Thursday that the company owned her approximately $3,000.
She confirmed on Friday that she received $1,800 and is hopeful to receive the remaining $1,200 on next week’s paycheck.
Yesterday, TNN broke the news that the 75-truck carrier notified its employees on Tuesday the company was ceasing operations.
An undetermined number of drivers were left stranded after fuel cards were deactivated on Wednesday.
According to court records, as of Friday, GDS Express has yet to enter a bankruptcy filing.
So far, GDS management including Jacob Keaton, GDS Operations Manager, has declined to speak with TNN about the company’s future plans.
Additionally, sources with direct knowledge tell TNN that GDS CEO Craig Stacy is “furious” over some media and social media reports of the company’s closure.
TNN is continuing to gather new information and will update you as soon as possible.
According to its website, GDS operated in 48 states hauling general freight and garment-on-hangers service in both the U.S. and Mexico.
The company was founded in 1990 by Jack Delaney.
Two years later, Jack’s son, J.P. Delaney, joined the effort.
In 2014, he and CEO Craig Stacy formed GDS Express Group.
Through its efforts, GDS says it began offering a “more diverse range of services including dry van, logistics and bulk service.”
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), GDS employed 75 drivers and operated 75 power units.
The company says it had as many as 75 additional owner operators at one time.
Among GDS’ most notable customers were T.J.Maxx, Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Mattel.
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