Truckers In “Fit of Rage” Over Sudden Closure of HVH Transportation, Driver Says
Denver, CO – HVH Transportation based in Denver, CO has notified employees and drivers it is shutting down its operations, according to multiple accounts from former workers.
Word of the closure broke Tuesday evening as drivers began posting on social media about the sudden shut down saying their Comdata fuel cards had been deactivated.
Multiple drivers Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has spoken with indicate they received a message or phone call from their fleet manager Tuesday afternoon informing them the company was ceasing operations.
Michael Desalme, 43, of Memphis, TN told TNN he was at the Henderson, CO terminal preparing to depart to pick up a load in Fort Collins bound for Las Vegas when he was informed of the abrupt closure.
“We were just blindsided,” Desalme said. “As far as I know, nobody knew.”
Desalme said he had only worked for the company for about a month, but never suspected a closure was imminent.
He indicated he arrived to the terminal at approximately 3 p.m. when he noticed office personnel gathering their belongings.
“The safety personnel are all in the dispatch office and I’m watching people packing up,” he said.
“I asked the terminal manager what was going on. He was literally crying.”
Desalme said he has yet to receive his first paycheck and now wonders if he will be paid at all.
He indicated company representatives told him recruiters from other trucking companies would be present Wednesday morning at the Henderson terminal in an effort to assist drivers in finding new opportunities.
Desalme said he remained at the terminal until about 6 p.m. and spoke to other drivers who arrived in “a fit of rage” over the news.
“They literally abandoned a whole bunch of us,” he lamented.
He says he is not sure how he will get back home to Memphis and feels for other drivers in a similar predicament.
TNN made numerous attempts on Tuesday evening to reach an HVH representative for comment.
However, no one has yet returned our inquiries.
Further, the company’s driver recruitment site, Drive4HVH.com, is still online as of Tuesday evening.
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the company operates 344 power units and reports 324 drivers.
HVH has long advertised as a 100% owner operator company, however, Desalme said that is not the case.
He estimated the company had a total of more than 500 owner operators and company drivers combined.
This is a developing story, so stay logged on to TransportationNation.com for new updates.
Photo courtesy of HVH Transportation
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