Last week, one of the biggest logistics companies in Indiana announced that they would be laying off 80 drivers as well as closing its terminal in the city of Fort Wayne. The terminal will be closed sometime in July.
Penske Logistics, a Pennsylvania-based logistics company stated that this closure was the result of the recent termination of a local trucking contract.
This was stated by Penske on the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, also known as WARN, that the company filed on May 18 and submitted to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
In the WARN notice, Penske Logistics also stated that all the employees who will be affected by the closure of their Fort Wayne terminal had already been informed of their separation dates and that these employees were aware of the permanent character of their separation from employment.
Due to the WARN Act, employers are required to notify their personnel of any mass layoffs or possible plant closing at least 60 days in advance.
Following this Act, Penske has scheduled the layoffs to start taking effect on July 20.
Alen Beljin, manager of public relations for Penske Logistics, said to FreightWaves in a statement that the company is currently working to identify potential opportunities of employment at their other locations for those who would be affected by these layoffs.
Since Penske has extensive trucking operations, they might be able to offer a new contract at another plant once the employees’ contract concludes on July 20.