After 40 years in business, Timmerman Starlite Truck has closed abruptly.
The company, focused on the transportation of livestock feed and other agricultural products, were told on Friday that the company would be closing immediately.
According to the Modesto Bee, Starlite provided hauling services to clients in 11 Western States and has a fleet of 30 trucks plus equipment and trailers. A skeleton crew will remain on while the company's remaining assets are sold over the coming months.
At its peak, the company had 75 employees and 52 trucks, along with hoppers, flatbed trailers and other equipment. The company also offered refrigerated services to its clients. Though, increased costs for labor and equipment, along with flat-lined hauling rates, have cut into profits too much to continue on with the business.
“We tried to provide a healthy work environment for our employees and give them the best wages and benefits we could,” Starlite Trucking CEO Colby Bell said in a statement about the closure, “but in the end, the rates that were available did not support the cost structure needed to compensate our employees appropriately.”
For now, Starlite is working to help all of its employees find work with other local trucking companies.
“We are sincerely grateful for the wonderful people who have worked with us and the vendors we’ve worked with over the years,” Bell said. “They’ve been very good to us.”