Ohio-based GDS Express abruptly ceases operations
Story by: Clarissa Hawes @ FreightWaves.com
Former employees of GDS Express of Akron, Ohio, were still on the job early Dec. 20 working on getting approximately four drivers home after news broke that the carrier was shuttering operations just days before Christmas.
A driver, who didn’t want to be named, told FreightWaves on Dec. 20 that of the four drivers still out on the road, two will make it home today and the other two drivers currently have enough fuel and money to make it home in the next day or two.
“Office and driver pay hit the banks today [Dec. 20],” the GDS driver told FreightWaves. He said the operations staff is staying in touch with the drivers to ensure all four drivers make it home safely.
The driver said he has been told from GDS management that “payroll is being prepared for next week.”
As of press time, no one seems to know why the company abruptly shut down and stranded some drivers with fuel cards that weren’t working a week before Christmas.
Mike Cady, the company’s director of recruiting, sent the following message via drivers’ in-cab communications devices on Dec. 17, according to Truckers News.
“Unfortunately, through mismanagement from ownership, GDS is closing our doors,” Cady said in the message.
Craig Stacy, chief executive of GDS Express Group, which owns GDS Express, did not respond to FreightWaves’ request for comment regarding the closure. GDS Express of Akron, Ohio, had around 75 drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration SAFER website. The company also offered a lease-purchase program and was recruiting owner-operators just weeks prior to the closure.
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Source and credits: freightwaves.com / Clarissa Hawes / iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski