STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (FOX 47) – A Minnesota-based trucking company has suddenly closed, putting hundreds of people out of work including dozens in the Rochester area.
LME Trucking is based out of New Brighton and has 30 terminals across the Midwest, including one in Stewartville. 600 men and women work for LME.
A former employee based at the Stewartville terminal tells FOX 47 that he and about 30 other employees got phone calls about 2 p.m. Thursday to return to the facility, clean out their trucks and remove any personal belongings as the company was shutting its doors at 3 p.m.
He says it was a big shock to everyone and this week’s paycheck never came. Two other paychecks are also missing.
A trucking industry newsletter called FreightWaves reports this is not the first time that LME’s owner abruptly shut down operations.
In late 2016, Lakeville Motor Express, a union carrier, filed for bankruptcy and then resurfaced as a non-union carrier with the name of LME Trucking.
This new closure may be because of a 2016 lawsuit that resurfaced, as FreightWaves reports the National Labor Relations Board ordered Lakeville Motor Express to shell out $1.25 million in back pay.
If that amount was not paid within 60 days of April 30th, 2019, the amount would double to $2.4 million.
Calls to LME on the reasons for the shutdown have not yet been returned.