UPDATE: As more information becomes available, we will continue updating this story.
UPDATE #1: TruckersReport has confirmed that the owner of Omni, Thomas Witt, was President at Arrow Trucking before working at Roehl. Arrow famously left its drivers stranded just days before Christmas in 2009. They stranded drivers all across the country and left their 1,700+ employees out of work with no warning at all. Read one of our many write-ups on the incident here.
UPDATE #2: Friday came and went, but drivers are still reporting they have not been paid.
UPDATE #3: All Omni drivers should have received a notice in the mail that Omni has filed Chapter 11. User TruckersWifeLife has posted the letter that she and her husband received which you can see here.
Omni Specialized has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the TruckersReport forums, users have begun to report problems getting paid and difficulties with their fuel cards.
According to the FMCSA, Omni Specialized, LLC employs 163 drivers. Unfortunately, the future employment status of those drivers is uncertain. The details around Omni’s problems are still unclear, but here’s what we know so far.
Omni Specialized was purchased by former Roehl president Thomas Witt in early 2016. UPDATE: Witt also used to be president of the infamous Arrow Trucking. Then, in June of 2016, Omni bought Tennant Truck Lines for a reported $1.5 million. The money was to be paid over 10 years, with the first payment starting on June 1st 2016.
With all apparently going well, Witt then brought over an old colleague from Roehl, Adam Stein.
According to a lawsuit filed by Roehl against Omni, Witt allegedly encouraged Stein to steal confidential data from Roehl. The suit claims that the day before Stein resigned from Roehl on August 28th, 2016, he sent emails to his personal account containing more than 1,000 pages of confidential company data.
Whether it was due to the Roehl lawsuit against them or not is unknown, but Omni then seems to have encountered financial trouble. For some as yet unknown reason, Omni allegedly failed to make their payments from the Tennant Truck Lines purchase, resulting in two civil suits being brought against it by P2 Leasing and Tennant Logistics. Filed in late April of 2017, the suits are seeking just shy of $2 million to pay the remaining balance and cover attorney fees.
Just about a month the latest lawsuits were filed, Omni filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 29th, 2017.
Now, news is starting to surface that some drivers are reportedly having trouble getting paid, while others report that their fuel cards have been shut off.
In a thread in the TruckersReport forum started June 2nd, drivers and wives started sharing reports on the Omni situation. News of the bankruptcy filing was posted quickly, and others shared information about drivers who claim that their fuel cards were no longer working. Other truckers posted comments offering their help to any stranded Omni drivers who need a lift home.
In the week or so since the bankruptcy filing, a flurry of other notices, responses, affidavits, orders, and emergency motions were submitted. According to PacerMoniter.com, the website for Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), one such filing was an “Emergency Motion to Pay Prepetition Wages and Employee Benefit Programs” filed on behalf of Omni Specialized.
Given that emergency motion, it appears Omni has at least attempted to get permission to use its remaining assets to pay drivers their wages instead of seeing all of the money going to paying back their creditors. It is unclear whether the request was granted.
Conflicting accounts of what will happen now are all over.
According to TruckersReport forum user TruckersWifeLife, whose husband drives for Omni, there was a conference call on Wednesday, 6/7/17 at around 5:45 Eastern. Drivers called in to get an update on the situation. According to TruckersWifeLife, both Witt and Stein were on the call and told truckers that the pay that drivers were due last Friday (6/3) was supposed to go through that day (6/7), but hadn’t due to a new creditor coming forward that stopped Omni from making payroll payments. The drivers were to expect their payment by Friday (6/9).
It is still unclear when and if drivers will be paid what they’re due.
If you drive for Omni and have any other information, let us know what your experience has been in the comments section below.
NOTE: As this story is breaking, we will continue posting updates as new information becomes available.