A Grand Forks business, part of a regional trucking company based in Roseville, Minn., closed suddenly Thursday, apparently leaving some drivers with no pay and no notice.
The Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported Friday that LME Inc., a company with operations in the Midwest and the Plains states, closed 30 terminals in several states.
The company left a message on its website, apologizing for the inconvenience.
The Herald on Friday attempted to reach the company’s headquarters, but a call went unanswered. A subsequent visit by the Herald to the Grand Forks terminal yielded no results. Doors were locked Friday afternoon.
The Star-Tribune reported that the owners of LME Inc. are in the process of paying a multimillion-dollar settlement to workers of Lakeview Motor Express, after a similar abrupt closing in 2016. Workers at Lakeview Motors filed a complaint against the company. The state of Minnesota and the National Labor Relations Board ruled against it in 2018.
The message posted on LME’s website said that an “alternative carrier” would be fulfilling LME’s shipping obligations, but that customers should expect delays and some customers in remote locations should expect “significant” delays.