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Cold Carriers to cease operations despite Chapter 11 reorganization efforts

Cold Carriers is winding down operations after it failed to secure new financing.

Cold Carriers, which owns Interide Transport and two other refrigerated carriers, is ceasing operations after its parent company, KJM Capital, failed to secure new financing to stay afloat. Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves

Despite its efforts to reorganize, Cold Carriers Logistics and its entities will cease operations on Feb. 21 after failing to secure a new buyer, according to a source familiar with the bankruptcy case.

One truck driver, who didn’t want to be named, told FreightWaves he was notified on Feb. 4 that his job would be ending in a few weeks. 

Another truck driver told FreightWaves he was shocked by the news as he had been reassured the company was reorganizing and planned to continue operating.

Stunned truck drivers and employees started posting on social media Monday afternoon that Cold Carriers was permanently closing its doors, as first reported by

Private equity firm KJM Capital Transportation Fund LLC, which owns Cold Carriers Logistics and six other affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late September 2019, a move that impacted around 340 truck drivers. 

As of press time, Kenneth Meister, founder and senior managing director of KJM Capital, declined FreightWaves’ request for comment regarding the news Cold Carriers was shuttering operations.

On Jan. 27, Cold Carriers’ bankruptcy attorney R. Scott Shuker filed a notice to withdraw its Chapter 11 reorganization plan, which was originally filed on Nov. 5 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.

One source said the wind-down was triggered after the carrier defaulted on payments to some of its major creditors.

The plan now is to “work to get equipment back to home base locations,” the source told FreightWaves.

The company was banking on a cash infusion or buyer, but Shuker said Cold Carriers failed to “identify our equity investor by Jan. 16,” a deadline set by one of its major creditors, at a hearing on Jan. 21.

At the hearing, Shuker said that Cold Carriers originally had three investors interested in buying the refrigerated company, but that none came through with  “either new money or a new financing deal” by Jan. 16.

Shuker said Cold Carriers was in talks with a “long shot” investor, but the deal fell through prior to the deadline. 

“We had one final party that we were working with and had a letter of intent, and ultimately, they just backed out,” Shuker told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Karen Jennemann at the hearing. 

Shuker said the wind-down would affect three operating trucking companies, including Interide Transport, which had 106 employees, Sunco Trucking, which was the largest entity with 142 employees and 62 independent contractors, and Gantt Trucking, which had about 90 employees.

Cold Carriers filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sept. 27. In its “bare bones” bankruptcy petitions, it listed assets and liabilities as between $10 million and $50 million.

This is a developing story.

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  1. Dan

    There are so many trucking companies that have gone thru this process or will go through it in very short order it’s proof to fact the industry is being run by incompetent people (crap pay, equipment, children drivers who were BS’ed & the companies voyuristic needs to spy on it’s drivers 24/7. Perverts!) into driving truck by lie upon lie upon lie,n & the & the freight is just not there.

  2. Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! IMHO

    Cold Carriers Logistics plan to reorganize has been put on ice , LOL !

    Quote :

    “Stunned truck drivers and employees ”

    ??? How could they be surprised ? They had to know that this co was in chapter 11 . If not , I’m stunned , LOL !


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Clarissa Hawes

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 If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to [email protected].