Trucking Community Rallies To Help Stranded Falcon Transport Co. Drivers
Youngstown, Ohio – A growing number of trucking companies are reaching out to offer assistance to former Falcon Transport Co. drivers and office personnel in the wake of the company’s abrupt closing on Saturday, April 27.
In an email and text message sent to employees on Saturday night, Falcon Transport Co. Director of Operations, Jayson Calhoun, notified “all employees” that the company was closing its doors effective immediately.
“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.”
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first reported on Sunday, some drivers have been stranded and report their fuel cards were de-activated.
According to a report by WKBN, Falcon Transport Co. driver Oliver Ford said he was stranded in Virginia and company officials instructed him to leave his truck where it is.
Other former Falcon Transport Co. drivers have contacted TNN directly to report experiencing similar circumstances.
It is also not clear at this time if drivers or employees will receive compensation due to them.
According to numerous published reports, some former Falcon personnel say they have not received a paycheck in as many as 3 to 4 weeks.
Falcon driver, Kathy Riehle, who lives in New York, told Fox8 Cleveland she was able to speak to a company official about the situation.
“He told me he was in the process of contacting everyone,” Riehle said. “He said we may get our pay Monday if not we can take legal action.”
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Trucking Community Rallies In Support Of Former Falcon Employees
The closure takes with it approximately 800 jobs including almost 600 professional driving jobs.
Since the announcement, more and more trucking operations are reaching out to impacted workers to offer assistance and new job opportunities.
Immediate Past Chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and president of Harrison, Ohio-based Searcy Specialized, Dan Doran, tells TNN he is personally willing to lend a hand.
“The hard working people at Falcon are caught in a situation out of their control,” Doran said.
“It is a shame that these things happen, but when they do we need to help our fellow drivers and the trucking community. Anything we can do to help will be done. I can be reached at 513-476-7032,” he stated.
Other area firms are also offering assistance.
Kristen Taylor, Operations Manager at Penn-Ohio Leasing in Austintown, told local news outlet WFMJ, “We would be more than happy to bring you (former Falcon drivers) out to our complex and see if we can be a resource for you.”
Taylor said Penn-Ohio recently purchased some trucks from Falcon and said the company offers “reliable” employment.
Predator Trucking in Girard, Ohio, is also offering employment opportunities to affected drivers and office staff.
“We need good quality people that are dependable, on the job every day, and yes we have opportunities,” owner Charles Haselow told WFMJ.
The Ohio Trucking Association is also offering to help former Falcon drivers find new employment.
OTA is asking impacted drivers to complete a brief “Driver Information Request.”
OTA said, “By giving the association your contact information, commercial driving background, and relevant experience, we can help you reach over 815 organizations that will have access to this information via the private OTA membership Info Hub. These organizations will then have the opportunity to reach out to you should they wish to further discuss your qualifications.”
Click HERE to access and fill out the request.
Trucking companies and associations aren’t the only ones willing to step up.
Many truckers are stepping up as well.
As an example, YouTube vlogger, big truckerb, has been following the Falcon Transport Co. closure closely and offered additional information that could be valuable to those in need of assistance. (See video below)
Additionally, quite a few drivers have also contacted TNN via our Facebook page offering their help to stranded truckers who may need a ride or a meal.
If you are a former Falcon Transport Co. driver in need of assistance, feel free to head on over to TNN’s Facebook page and leave us a note.
We will do our best to put you in touch with a driver or company offering to help.
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For more of our coverage on the closure of Falcon Transport Co. click HERE.