Another trucking company closed its doors abruptly. GDS Express cut off driver fuel cards and stopped paychecks, leaving drivers stranded. But while office workers also had their paychecks frozen, some kept working, trying to get their drivers home.
GDS Express closed down on Tuesday, Dec. 17th. The 75-unit trucking company seems to have followed a familiar pattern: After having built up a successful business over time, the good leader retires and leaves his son in charge — who promptly runs the company into the ground.
According to Company Recruiting Director, Mike Cady, there was some major mismanagement at the top of GDS.
“It is with HEAVY heart, fighting anger and tears that I send this message,” wrote Cady in a post on LinkedIn. “Unfortunately, through mismanagement from ownership, GDS is closing our doors. I want to sincerely THANK each and everyone of you who have been part of our “family”. Over the years WE accomplished a lot! We are proud to be GDS, I bled Blue and Orange. … Moving forward if anyone needs help of a reference, PLEASE contact me.”
Workers were told on the 17th that the company would be closing, but company owner Craig Stacy didn’t provide any other information as to why. So it fell to people like Jacob Keaton, Eastern Operations Manager for GDS, to get drivers home.
When Trucker News spoke with Keaton two days after the announcement, Keaton told them that he had been able to get all but 12 drivers home so far.
“We were blindsided,” Keaton, told Trucker News. “We’ve heard no rational explanation in the last 48 hours.”