Michigan-based Sunset Logistics Shuts Down, Leaves Drivers and Staff Unpaid
Sunset Logistics, a Michigan-based trucking company, suddenly closes its doors, leaving drivers without paychecks and fuel cards.
In a surprising turn of events, Sunset Logistics, a trucking company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has abruptly ceased its operations, leaving around 90 truck drivers and office personnel without paychecks and in a state of confusion.
The Sudden Closure
- Company executives sent emails to employees, stating that they were awaiting a meeting with their lender to determine if they could pay final paychecks and escrow.
- Mason Gainey, a customer services and sales agent, assured employees that they were doing everything possible to ensure they received what they were owed.
Sunset Logistics had been facing financial difficulties since March, with the owner reportedly using substantial personal funds to keep the business afloat.
Chaos Among Drivers
- Some employees learned about the company's closure just two hours away from home.
- Many drivers found themselves stranded across the country without working fuel cards when they received the news.
- They were instructed to return their trucks to the nearest Ryder dealership.
- The company had hired new drivers shortly before announcing its shutdown, leaving them in a difficult situation.
- While Mason Gainey was listed as the contact, the email was signed by his father, Buddy Gainey, who is the owner and director of Sunset Logistics.
A Troubled History
The Gainey family has a history in the transportation industry, with previous financial troubles in the past. Gainey Corp., owned by Buddy's father, filed for bankruptcy in 2008, listing massive debts and a large workforce. Sunset Logistics had a troubled safety record, with a higher out-of-service rate than the industry average.