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Falcon Transport drivers told to cease driving immediately after abrupt closure

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Truck drivers for the flatbed truckload carrier, Falcon Transport of Youngstown, Ohio, said they received emails late April 27 stating the company was shuttering operations effective immediately.

The carrier has 723 trucks and nearly 585  drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s SAFER system.

Jayson Calhoun, director of operations of Falcon, confirmed the abrupt closure to FreightWaves early April 28, but provided no further details.

One Falcon Transport driver said he and other drivers received a message from Calhoun around 8 p.m. on April 27 instructing them to stop any work for the company “immediately,” but he hasn’t been able to confirm any additional information about the closure.

The driver told FreightWaves late April 27 that he is headed to his delivery destination to the GM Plant in Arlington, Texas. He said his fuel card is still working and received his paycheck on April 25.

Another driver confirmed that he received the same message, but did not get paid this week because of a “computer glitch.” He also received an email from his dispatcher telling him that “Falcon is done.”

This message was posted on Facebook and YouTube late Saturday night.

https://youtu.be/RX1ADQNuVGc

“All Falcon Employees: We regret to inform you that Falcon Transport Co. is not able to continue operations and will be shutting down effective today. Please stop work you are doing for the company immediately. You are not expected to return to work. Please be on the lookout for further information we will be sending regarding the situation.”

Falcon was purchased in a leveraged buyout by CounterPoint Capital Partners,a California-based Private Equity group. According to Pitchbook, Falcon was bought in a leveraged buy-out for $27 million in September 2017, with an additional $33 million in debt-financing, for a total of $60M.

 Chart: (SONAR AUTO.CLE) Auto production in the region where the company was based. in march 2015, the region produced 33,149 cars. In february 2019, this was down to 13,382 cars. Chart: (SONAR AUTO.CLE) Auto production in the region where the company was based. in March 2015, the region produced 33,149 cars. In February 2019, this was down to 13,382 cars.

Falcon Transport had significant exposure in the automotive sector, with General Motors being a primary account. Last December, General Motors announced that it would cease production at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, a major client for Falcon Transport, according to news reports at the time. The plant stopped production of the Chevy Cruze in late March.

On social media late Saturday, people commented on the similarities between this case and the sudden overnight shuttering of another flatbed carrier, Arrow Trucking of Tulsa, Oklahoma, that ended operations suddenly a few days before Christmas in 2009. According to reports about the Arrow Trucking sudden shutdown, drivers found out that the carrier had suddenly ended operations when their fuel cards failed to work, with no advance warning. Nearly 1,400 drivers were left stranded without fuel or money to get back home. It turned out that the CEO of the company had been involved in a $25 million embezzlement and tax evasion scheme that resulted in Doug Pielsticker, chief executive of Arrow Trucking, being sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

“It is hard to know what caused the sudden closure of Falcon Transport, one of the largest flatbed operators in the country, but the automotive sector has slowed down significantly in recent months and domestic auto manufacturers have shifted from making sedans to large trucks,” said Craig Fuller, chief executive of FreightWaves. “There has also been some consolidation among production plants, as the major car brands struggle to fight changing consumer tastes towards larger trucks and SUVs, less demand among urban dwellers and younger adults, and increasing costs due to tariffs and cross border supply-chain disruptions.”

The company was posting ads for drivers on Twitter as late as April 24 and the company had  posted photos of the opening of its new office in Cedar Hill, Texas, around two months ago.

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Clarissa Hawes

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 13 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Prior to joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and Trucks.com. Clarissa lives in Grain Valley, Missouri, with her family.

61 Comments

  1. I’ve been trucking for 12 years and just sold out and looking for a new job.Always new rules by someone who now’s nothing about trucking,the ones that need to be monitored are shippers and receivers and of course crooked brokers! Freight I hauled last year is several hundred less this year I’m done 12 years their has got to be better out here for me and mine.I told a guy the other day after 12 years of Trucking I’ve finally graduated and learned how to add.Low rates,high Inc, maintenance, factoring fees,their is hardly anything left to make a livein.Good look out their but I’m done with this headache and by the way it is gone as soon as I signed the title away and closed my load boards.

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      Thanks,
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      President (Whitetail Trucking, LLC)

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  5. I’d drop the trailer and start for home. They can send someone to pickup the truck where ever it runs out of fuel.

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  7. Put not for hire on the side of truck and remove dot and mc numbers you will then be able to drive the truck I own a small trucking company out of NC

  8. People stop posting your opportunity. I find that tasteless and tacky. Its sad that a company can shut down like that with no notification. The owners should be held responsible for all those affected.

    1. You find it tasteless and tacky that companies are offering help and Job’s to stranded drivers? What planet are you from? Wow

  9. It’s not tasteless or tacky to try and help fellow drivers who are in need. Many companies have immediate openings and can help these drivers out.

    If you are a driver in need, check out drive4loudon.com
    There’s a $5k sign-on bonus right now.

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  10. Wow! I use to work (drive) for them. Shitty company, even recruiters were treated unfairly. A good article about them would say the management got their just-due; especially Larry sellout ass.

  11. Going to be many more trucking operations shutting down, cutting back, and reorganizing this year, some due to Trade wars and foreign embargos, with trade agreement with foreign nations.
    Yet it is the retail industry, 6500 more firms shutting down this year after yearly declines of real sales and profits of last 4 years in a row.
    Unnoted except by a few is how revamping of Railroads and air cargo has been cutting into truckers operations.
    We have only one major export left oil and gas, almost exclusive movements by pipelines.
    The burst of FRACKING operations has fizzled with only small fields left and all they need are short trunkline piping to be laid.
    The huge decline of American auto sales hits far more peoples employed than just at their factories.
    Look at numbers of WAL MART closures and how they cut back on drivers, even with the large government hauling contract.
    Government says Amazon and like online stores are reason many old line retail stores are closing yet the numbers do not jive.
    True online sales are up but the increase of goods sold by them in no way equals the shutdown firms old number of goods sold.
    We are looking at an Empire that has destroyed its home base and can barely keep its domestic peoples gainfully employed.
    Tough times ahead, as gov says US dollar still tops values of other nations currency values what they do not say is that all major currency values have fallen at an equal rate including the Dollar
    Talk of making US great again is an impossible goal because there is little left of US for anyone to profit from.
    Due to tax structures firms pay little to no tax to ITS and almost all of our carbon fuels are owned by International Financials with damn little, US cannot keep track of present do Royalties at such small returns and have just about all non payments going back 7 years because they have butchered or lost records or were never filed by offenders.
    We in actuality are on very edge of becoming a third world nation.
    A third World nation where but 25’30% of population will survive while rest of us will survive in far less bling than today.
    18 wheel Diesel trucking is fighting 18 electric trucks, just as gas vehicles. private pick ups and autos and short range smaller and lighter short range vehicles are proliferating.as well.
    "The times they are a changing".

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  15. Company drivers or owner-operators that need a reliable, family-owned company that would never leave you stranded, call JRayl Transport at 330-752-2905, HQ in Akron Ohio but have terminals in Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, and Alabama. http://www.jrayl.com for more information.

  16. I have 2 trucks and no drivers that I wanted to get on the road…..just owner….anyone with drivers available?

  17. We have dry vans and flatbeds ready to roll, drivers looking for a great opportunity. Call me direct @ 513-438-0203.

  18. Falcon Drivers I have some great flatbed runs available. Dedicated home weekly. Call 833-450-2015 I can take your application over the phone. Or text me 330-810-0572. I can text you the link to submit your app as well.

  19. Prime Transportation also welcoming any Falcon Drivers. Family owned out of West Chester Ohio. We Offer competitive wages. Drivers home weekly and Bi weekly. Paid Weekly.
    If you are interested in a new and great opportunity please contact A.J. (513) 652-4304 or
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  21. Allstate Express of IL Inc is welcoming any drivers, we are working a lot with ILLINOIS and Texas, also a lot of drivers are from FLORIDA.
    Please call 630-677-0890 ext 2017

  22. Armellini Express Lines would like to extend the opportunity to any Falcon Transport driver to join our family. We are in the process of expanding our operations up into Ohio with the planned opening of our newest terminal in Cincinnati at the end of this year. We would be delighted to speak with any driver that would be open to coming down and spending some time with us at our headquarters in Palm City Florida for a period of time until we are up and running in Ohio. Any driver interested please call our Director of recruitment directly @ 772.403.1563 to discuss the possibilities.

  23. North American Transport Services regrets the unfortunate event that left so many without work, but is happy to open its door to any driver from Falcon Transport with immediate openings for Company Drivers and Owner Operators. Top Pay for 100% Dry Van, 100% No Touch Freight. Call one of our recruiters today to be part of the Fastest Growing Company in South Florida. 1-877-270-9494.

  24. If you are a company driver or owner-operator in need of a new job and want to work with a great flatbed company, please feel free to call (Ado) 904-657-1469 with E&A heavy Hauling.

  25. Werner Enterprises welcomes Falcon Transport drivers and owner operators to join Team Blue! We invest in the best at Werner, providing our professional drivers with more home time, competitive pay and the newest equipment in the industry. Please give us a call at 800-346-2818 or visit DriveWerner.com to apply!

  26. Risinger Bros. Transfer welcomes all Falcon Transport drivers to call our recruiting staff at 888-671-7979 to see if we might be a suitable match to continue forward with your driving careers. It was very unfortunate what happened and hopefully we can help.

  27. Transport National will take displaced drivers! OTR no more than 2 wks, $80k+ avg annual salary, $5k+ avg safety bonus, benefits and more. Regional positions also available!! We hire within 100 miles of Youngstown OH, Cincinnati OH, Milwaukee WI, Wausau WI, Joplin MO, Springfield MO, Winchester TN. Call Lynn to get started, 414-856-1911 or email Lynn@tntrans.com!

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  29. Our hearts go out to all of the recently displaced Falcon Transport Drivers and their families. Yet, when one door closes, another one opens. As you consider your next opportunity, we know stability, peace of mind and respect matter. Anderson Trucking Service (ATS) is ready to have you in orientation by Monday with a $1,500 sign-on bonus for former Falcon Drivers to welcome you home. Apply at drive4ats.com today. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 866-228-1353 or message us on Facebook at m.me/Drive4ATS.

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  31. !!!!!! Join!!!!! INTERLAND Inc company based in Illinois. We are stable family owned company hiring drivers please call us at 708-415-8710

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  33. We are so very sorry to hear that the company has ceased operations. Transfleet, Inc. based in Perry, MICHIGAN is looking for company drivers and owner/operators. Please call 517-625-5880 or email hr@transfleet.com

  34. We are so sorry to hear that the Falcon Transport will be ceasing operations. Hutt Trucking based out of Holland, Michigan is looking for OTR and Regional Drivers. Please call a recruiter at 1-833-drv-hutt or 1-833-478-4888 or send us email at recruiting@hutt.com. Let’s keep you employed!!

  35. If any drivers are needing a new place. You can contact me here at Bynum Transport and I will get you with our recruiting and get you in to start asap! Call 1-800-741-7950 and let us help you after what you have been through!!! We have otr as well as Midwest local available.

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  39. Can anyone tell me how to get a hold of anyone with Falcon. One of their trucks has been outside my house for 2 weeks. Someone tried to steal it on Sunday (Odessa, TX, oilfield money).

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