100 Texas Drivers Laid Off After Trinity Closes Trucking Division
As jobless numbers continue to climb due to the strain COVID-19 has put on the world's (and especially the United States') economy, Dallas-based Trinity Logistics Group has announced that they will be adding 100 more to the unemployed total.
According to CDLLife, a website dedicated to the trucking industry, Trinity Industries will shutter their entire logistics division in order to refocus their business strategy on their construction and industrial products and services like building tank cars that transport all kinds of liquid via the railroad (which are built at several locations around the country including a plant in Longview, Texas).
That means 100 truckers who worked for the company providing flatbed and heavy haul services will be laid off. Vice President of Trinity's Public Affairs Jack Todd said that each and everyone of these displaced drivers were given "competitive job transition compensation and benefits."
According to an e-mailed statement from Todd to CDLLife:
"As a result of the Company’s shift from a multi-industry company to a rail operating company, Trinity Industries’ transportation and logistics needs have changed significantly. To align our U.S. transportation and logistics strategy with our business strategy, Trinity has made the decision to transition our logistics needs to third party carriers. Trinity would like to thank all of the Trinity Logistic Group drivers, mechanics, and logistics professionals for their hard work and dedication to delivering products timely and safely to our Trinity businesses and customers over the years."
It's likely that the announcement came as a surprise to employees of the logistics division as the company came in just under the number of job cuts that requires forewarning. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) is required when a company plans to cut more than 100 jobs.