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Driver issuesLayoffs and BankruptciesNewsTrucking

Breaking News: Texas trucking company closes its doors, sources say

Trinity Logistics Group had 102 drivers and 150 power units

Texas-based trucking company Trinity Logistics Group is ceasing operations due to “lack of work” in an abrupt closure that left some drivers blindsided, sources close to the company told FreightWaves. 

Drivers were told of the closure in a Sept. 28 conference call, sources told FreightWaves on Saturday. Dallas-based Trinity Logistics Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN.)

All of the equipment had been slated to be returned to the company’s headquarters on Friday.

Trinity Logistics Group had 102 drivers and 150 power units, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration SAFER website. The carrier offered flatbed, oversize and heavy haul services, including hauling wind tower components.

Trinity Industries’ spokesman Jack Todd did not return multiple telephone calls and emails seeking comment about the closure.

A source said all drivers were paid for their work and were not stranded without working fuel cards as was the case in other shutdowns, including Indianapolis-based Celadon and Falcon Transport of Youngstown, Ohio.

In its latest earnings call in July, Trinity Industries, which owns Trinity Rail, a company that manufactures railcars, said financial troubles in the frac sand sector hurt the company’s second-quarter net profits

According to a FreightWaves report, Trinity said 2019 marked its first year as a rail-focused company. Earlier this year, Trinity named E. Jean Savage, who was already on Trinity’s board, as its new president and CEO.

While Trinity Industries has job openings in all of its other business segments, no trucking positions were listed. 

This was a red flag for some of its drivers.

On the Trinity Logistics Group website, it states that “Our fleet has done an exceptional job this year and we are at capacity for drivers.”

According to the Texas Workforce Commission website, Trinity Logistics Group had not filed a notice of its impending closure prior to its announcement on Sept. 28. 

Employers with more than 100 employees are required to notify workers as part of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. WARN requires employers to provide their employees with a 60-day notice of a massive layoff.

This is a developing story

Read more articles by FreightWaves Senior Editor Clarissa Hawes

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Clarissa Hawes, Senior Editor, Investigations and Enterprise

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 14 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Before joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and Trucks.com. Clarissa lives in the Kansas City area with her family. If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to chawes@freightwaves.com.

30 Comments

  1. After 30 years of truck driving I just had to leave the Industry, lack of work,unreasonable rules of regulations, company concentrates on putting cameras in the truck,but hiers drivers with no experience , people who never drove a truck and also don’t have a CDL/safety manager try to tell you how to drive or back up a 18 wheeler,don’t do required maintenance but preach safety, if a experienced driver says something then they call you outspoken and teel you to mind your one buisiness, but after a fatal accident happened every body gets a message on Qualcomm including the outspoken one who warned them before. Once I asked a safety manager if he would give his teenage child his new car after watching a safety video and 3 wheek of training he told me no. So how could it be OK to give somebody a 80000lbs vehicle after 3 weeks training?

    1. Marathon Transportation and Logistics based out Columbus Ga is now looking for drivers. Only driving south east. Sun thru Thurs off for reset 34 hour reset Friday.706-300-5522 or 706 -992 -7378. 3 years or more experience needed. Thank

    2. The cameras and “safety” annoyance devices are accelerating drivers leaving the industry.
      Too much regulations and monitoring… a jail cell on wheels.

    1. Restructure and keep those wheels rolling you’re going to have to tap into your marketing resources, there are people companies and agencies that want to put your people to work.
      let your drivers know you’re trying to do everything you can to keep the company going.
      I am an instructor trainer for new Jersey State Safety Council.
      Safety and compliance stay save..
      Please let the drivers know there not by themselves you will stand by them to the best of your resources and ablity.
      The solidarity Jesus bless you.

  2. Rhe Governmwnt is the villan. With making fracking illegal it has a ripple effect. It hurts many industries such as trucking, and other equipment and services. It Dosent matter about the politics. We can also blame tge wackos from the enviromentalist..

    1. Govmt does matter,. It is Repubs. Fault,. They have qualifier o speech control of D ok Donald Duck Trump,. Who will or is buying we xport products??????? He talks too much or not enough, all garbage talk,. Same withPense(yes man).

      1. You have a govmt that works against the people, burn their forests, people, animals, 12yr olds, and let covid do it’s damage. Pense said the American people W ii ll understand and forget, forgive the govmt(Mr T);. I asked once about bad new gommt, and was told ‘You get what you deserve’. 4yrs more losses? Don’t think USA can stand it. How can the Rreps be so utterly srupid???

    2. Fracking is only illegal in a couple of states, none of which are major petroleum producers (and a couple of which have no known deposits at all).

  3. The problem is that the companies don’t like the fact they can’t control people in trucks like in a factory. I’ve been in place’s that own there own trucks. They treat there factory workers like crap.

    1. I’m surprised by this. Trinity industries is a manufacturing company. They make guard rails propane tanks rail cars barges all kinds of products. They mostly hauled there own products. I have seen to there corporate office in Dallas every floor of that building was a different division.

    1. Big pity from other countries for the Dem people of.USA,. As mrT said,. Don’t need the west and east coast DemBlue states, fires and covid for them, oh yes andsame to the 40percent Repubs to here can be to as s try too, as don’t need them. I can not believe a pres could say such things.

    2. Trinity needs to keep in production, the world needs your products!! !!! Mr T said all voters were disgusting, why would he say such garbage talk, unbe ieveable. It will take a generatoon of taxing to recover from four years of Rep-mr t. Yet he can give. Ivanka 470000 pocket money, nice going.

  4. Manning Transportation is currently hiring Class A drivers with 2 years experience. We would welcome the opportunity to help the drivers of Trinity Logistics Group!. Family-owned business for 50 years. 1 in 3 drivers have been with us for 10+ years! Please contact Bridget@manningtransfer.com or visit Www.manningtransfer.com for more information

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