September 23, 2009 10:30 AM, EDT
140-Year-Old Pa. Trucking Firm Closing Doors

A family-run Pennsylvania trucking company that has been in business for 140 years is shutting down its operations, the (West Chester, Pa.) Daily Local News reported Wednesday.

Frame’s Motor Freight’s owner, Robert “Bud” Temple, cited the slow economy as well as high insurance and fuel costs and overcapacity in the trucking industry, the paper said.

It was the oldest freight company in Pennsylvania, starting since “horse-and-wagon days” in 1870, the newspaper reported on its Web site.

Frame’s is based in West Goshen, Pa. and has a terminal in Richmond, Va., which it opened in 1996, the paper said.

The company had about 65 tractors, according to American Trucking Associations fleet data.

The two locations combined had 81 employees — down from 123 not too long ago — and about half of them are drivers, Temple told the paper. He has run the company for 54 years, after taking it over from his father-in-law.

The regional carrier served East Coast states as far south as Virginia and North Carolina and served the ports of Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York/New Jersey, according to its Web site.