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.

Michigan-based Sunset Logistics Shuts Down, Leaves Drivers and Staff Unpaid
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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.
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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.

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