California carrier to cease operations, lay off 130 drivers

A California-based trucking company has announced plans to permanently wind down operations in the next few months.

San Leandro-based Rodgers Trucking Company will cease operations as of April 30, 2020, according to a WARN notice filed with California state officials.

The closure will leave approximately union 130 truck drivers out of work.

Company leaders cite rising insurance premiums, low rates, and an increased cost of doing business due to regulations as reasons for the closure, according to Business Insider.

They also cite the fact that major client Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits is now providing their own trucking services as a factor in the decision to close.

Rodgers Trucking was founded in 1972.

Florida-based refrigerated trucking company Howard Baer also announced plans to close this week.

Hundreds of trucking companies have ceased operations in the past two years. Truckers have pointed to increased insurance costs, softness in the freight market, government regulations, and difficulty in hiring qualified drivers as reasons for shuttering operations. Some of these companies include including Falcon TransportLME, NEMF, and Celadon.