March 20, 2019

NJ trucking company shutters Meriden site, 122 jobs lost

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A New England Motor Freight truck in New Jersey.

New England Motor Freight (NEMF), which filed for bankruptcy in February, has closed its Meriden trucking terminal, resulting in the loss of 122 local jobs, according to a state Department of Labor filing.

The New Jersey-based company, which was one of the nation's largest truckload carriers, closed its 475 Research Parkway terminal on March 1 after laying off 122 workers in the two weeks prior, it said in a WARN notice filed with the labor department.

About 67 employees were represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO Local 447 of District 15, the company said.

NEMF's Meriden site spanned over 516,622 square feet, city records show.

The company is currently closing all of its 40 distribution hubs across the Northeast, Midwest and Puerto Rico after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, citing a shortage of drivers and mounting overhead costs.

Founded in 1977, NEMF was one of several trucking companies operated by CEO Myron Shevell, the father-in-law of Beatle Paul McCartney.

NEMF could not be reached for comment.

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