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July 22, 2019 1:30 PM, EDT

Comcar Industries Looks to Hire Former LME Drivers

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Two weeks after LME Inc. abruptly shut down its trucking operations in the Upper Midwest, leaving several hundred employees, including drivers, without jobs, another trucking company is looking to hire those drivers.

Comcar Industries said it is looking to recruit drivers who were employed at LME.

LME Drivers

Auburndale, Fla.-based Comcar said it is encouraging former drivers with LME to apply for open positions at its Des Moines, Iowa, location.

“We understand the hardship these drivers are facing as a result of suddenly losing their jobs, and we want to help by welcoming qualified candidates to the Comcar family of companies,” President Mike Ryan said. “We believe we offer one of the best places to work in the industry plus a compensation and benefits program that is second to none. We hope these drivers will contact us as soon as possible.”

Comcar said it is hiring qualified local, dedicated, regional and over-the-road drivers.

LME’s employees have not been paid, and a notice on the company’s website said it would be at least 90 days before any checks for back pay are sent out.

READ MORE: Economist Noel Perry warns of more shutdowns after LME padlocks doors

This is the second time in 2½ years that the ownership of LME, based in New Brighton, Minn., shut down a trucking company. Lakeville Motor Express ended operations under similar circumstances in December 2016. That closure has been in litigation, even before the doors were padlocked, and some of those cases are just now being settled.

Officials with LME have not returned calls from Transport Topics seeking comment. — Transport Topics