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More layoffs for freight and related industries in Texas

Jet Specialty and Cardone Industries let go more than 300 employees across Texas.

Jet Specialty Inc. laid off 75 employees at its facility in Corpus Christi. Pictured is Jet's headquarters in Boerne, Texas. Photo Credit: Jet

Jet Specialty, a supply chain solutions provider for the oil and gas industry, announced it was laying off 75 employees in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Cardone Industries, an auto parts manufacturer also announced it has laid off 183 employees at its plant along the U.S.-Mexico border in Brownsville, Texas.

Officials with Cardone said the layoffs were part of the “dramatic, sudden and unforeseeable negative business circumstances the company is suffering due to COVID-19 pandemic,” according to its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice filed in Texas.

Aftermarket auto parts maker Cardone Industries is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to the Brownsville factory, Cardone has two other Texas facilities in Harlingen and Arlington, as well as locations in Canada and Mexico.

In April, Cardone announced layoffs and furloughs at its Philadelphia operations that affected 680 employees.

Jet Specialty, which is headquartered near San Antonio, said it would be permanently laying off 75 workers in Corpus Christi by July 2. Company officials did not specify a reason for the layoffs in its filing with the Texas Workforce Commission. 

The company, which delivers supplies such as trailers and tanks to the oil fields, has 22 trucks and 17 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.


  1. 18 Wheeler Accident Lawyers

    The trucking industry is a clear indicator of where the economy is heading despite the up-and-down roller coaster of the volatile American stock market. The loss of over 90k trucking-related jobs in April alone signals that it will take years to recover from our current dilemma. It has become more than obvious, despite personal political leanings, that Congress should pass legislation that provides stimulus funds for people involved in the #realeconomy and not simply “loans” for small businesses.

    The trucks cannot stop moving.

  2. Dave

    Don’t worry…the FW volumes index apparently is going up so these must just be outliers as everything is going to be ok as freight is going up. Right?

  3. Dave

    But don’t worry…the FW volumes index apparently is going up so these must just be outliers as everything is going to be ok as freight is going up. Right?

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Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]