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Breaking News: 400-truck LTL carrier suddenly shuts down (with video)

Sources reached out to FreightWaves on the afternoon of July 11 to report that less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier LME has suddenly and abruptly shut its doors, notifying shippers they were ceasing operations. 

LME is a regional LTL carrier, based in Minnesota, that operates throughout the Midwest. According to the company’s website, LME has terminals in 30 locations across the U.S. and through interline agreements services all of North America. The site also lists some of the carrier’s major accounts, including 3M, John Deere, Osram Sylvania, Brake Parts and Toro. 

The company claimed that the team included “over 600 men and women.” Saferwatch lists the company having 382 power units and 1,228 trailers, with 424 truck drivers.

LME has been caught up in litigation with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over disputes related to Lakeville Motor Express, which also abruptly shut down right before Thanksgiving in 2016. According to the Minnesota newspaper, StarTribune, LME was described by the NLRB as an “the alter-ego” of Lakeville Motor Express. 

In an article on June 17, 2019, the Star Tribune described the circumstances behind a $1.25M back-pay ruling. 

About 95 Lakeville Motor Express truckers and dockworkers were abruptly locked out of their Roseville job site without notice or pay just before Thanksgiving 2016. While Lakeville Motor Express filed for bankruptcy, affected workers claimed the entity actually continued to operate, just at a different location in the Twin Cities and under the new name LME Inc.

Numerous articles related to the Lakeville Motor Express bankruptcy suggest that the owners bankrupted the union carrier, resurfacing as a non-union carrier under LME and Finish Line Express brands. The NLRB ordered the $1.25 million in backpay to be paid starting within 60 days from April 30, 2019, or the amount would double to $2.4 million. It is not known if the backpay or fines were the cause of the sudden closure. 

This evening, the corporate website has a notice that says “effective immediately LME will no longer be accepting any pickups.” The Facebook page also linked to the company’s website was also down. 

This is the fifth major closure in 2019. The others were NEMF, Falcon, Williams Trucking of Dothan, Alabama, and Indiana-based A.L.A. 

This is a developing story.

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  2. Roger

    There is a special place in hell for Roger Wilsey and that pig he calls his wife! They cancelled everyone’s insurance on 7/3…8 days before he shut the doors! Karma will stick it in his and that pig’s ass!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Christopher

    I’m seeing alot of unnecessary political comments. Why are you mad at your fellow worker when you’re caught up in this too. You have the same struggle so stop finger pointing or trying to assert that your political side is correct because no one cares. Focus on the issue at hand which is the fact that as LME workers, we were screwed and now we have to get our money.

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Craig Fuller, CEO at FreightWaves

Craig Fuller is CEO and Founder of FreightWaves, the only freight-focused organization that delivers a complete and comprehensive view of the freight and logistics market. FreightWaves’ news, content, market data, insights, analytics, innovative engagement and risk management tools are unprecedented and unmatched in the industry. Prior to founding FreightWaves, Fuller was the founder and CEO of TransCard, a fleet payment processor that was sold to US Bank. He also is a trucking industry veteran, having founded and managed the Xpress Direct division of US Xpress Enterprises, the largest provider of on-demand trucking services in North America.