Trucking Co. Fil-Mor Express Closes, 210 Lose Jobs

The Cannon Falls-based trucking company closed its doors on Friday, leaving 210 drivers out of work.

Cannon Falls-based trucking company Fil-Mor Express, Inc., closed its doors on Friday, leaving more than 200 drivers without jobs.

A dispatcher who answered a Tuesday morning phone call to Fil-Mor confirmed that the company has closed, but wouldn't comment further on the news and said that CEO Richard Olson was not available to comment.

Fil-Mor employs 210 drivers and has 157 power units-a self-contained truck or truck-tractor that pulls a trailer-according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System, which tracks information for the transportation industry.

Dart Transit Company, the state's largest trucking company with 2,400 power units, posted a memo on its Web site on Friday encouraging Fil-Mor drivers to contact its recruiting department for possible job opportunities.

According to Land Line Magazine, employees received the following letter from Olson via e-mail on Thursday stating that the company would cease operations the following day:

“Today is a very sad day for me. I have made the difficult decision to close Fil-Mor at the end of business on December 17. For the customer, please complete your scheduled runs. Your current pay was deposited and a check was sent for the next two weeks and any vacation pay. Benefits will end December 17. Office staff is available to answer your questions.”

Fil-Mor was founded in 1983 and specialized in the transportation of dry commodities and paper products.