Saturday night and Sunday morning, WKBN received several phone calls and emails regarding the closing of Falcon Transport Co.
That information was confirmed Sunday morning.
Several employees said this email and text messages regarding the closing were sent to them Saturday. They say the messages were sent from Director of Operations Jayson Calhoun.
“All Falcon Employees,
We regret to inform you that Falcon Transport Co. is not able to continue operations and will be shutting down effective today.
Please stop any work you are doing for the company immediately. You are not expected to return to work.
Please be on the lookout for further information we will be sending regarding this situation.”
Business Development Manager Nicholas Holdren confirmed the closing Saturday night:
“Falcon has closed as of today.”
Oliver Ford, a driver for the company says Falcon has shut off fuel cards. This means drivers who have been dispatched, and ran out of fuel, are not be able to drive back.
He says the company told drivers to leave their trucks where they are. He is stranded in Virginia.
Ford says the company is 3 weeks behind on pay.
Ford says this is affecting at least 300 drivers — at least two others are traveling outside of Ohio. Most drivers travel locally.
Falcon has 585 drivers and 723 vehicles, according to the federal government’s SAFER system.
The website for Falcon says the company was founded in 1903. Here is a portion of their about us page:
“Falcon is committed to building a positive, proactive partnership with our drivers and customers.”
Their website currently displays an ad for immediate job openings with a $3,000 sign-on bonus.
In November, WKBN reported Falcon could be affected in the closing of the GM Lordstown plant.
Their website says they’re a major service provider for U.S. steel mills, the Big Three Automakers, and Fortune 500 companies.
Falcon is located at 4944 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.
WKBN has attempted contacting the company over the phone, they have not answered.