August 3, 2017 1:30 PM, EDT

U.S. Xpress Laying Off 100 in Tennessee, Georgia

US Xpress trucks highway Kentucky John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Truckload carrier U.S. Xpress Enterprises has laid-off more 100 employees — all non-drivers — at two southeastern locations, citing a change in “company focus.”

The company employs about 10,000 people nationwide, and the 1% reduction applies to employees at the headquarters in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a nearby location in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

The layoffs were confirmed by spokeswoman Danna Bailey on Aug. 3. She said the job titles held by those laid off “were wide ranging throughout the company.”

U.S. Xpress ranks No. 21 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of for-hire carriers and is the seventh-largest truckload carrier on the list.

Bailey said the action was made in response to a lackluster truckload sector.

“We’re always looking to make sure that we’re applying the appropriate resources to our number of seated trucks. Another factor we’ve had to take into consideration has been the soft freight market that the whole industry has faced for the last 18 months or so,” Bailey said.

“Considering the combination of a soft freight market and pressures from customers for reduced rates, we’re focusing on specific priorities and making sure we have the right resources in place to execute them,” she said.