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Muir’s Cartage cuts company drivers loose, will operate as O/O fleet

CONCORD, Ont. -- Muir’s Cartage has let go of all its company drivers and will rely entirely on owner/operators going forward, Trucknews.com has learned.



CONCORD, Ont. — Muir’s Cartage has let go of all its company drivers and will rely entirely on owner/operators going forward, Trucknews.com has learned.

Marcus Pryce-Jones, CEO of Muir’s parent company Calyx Transportation Group, confirmed the changes this morning.

“It was a decision that was made based on customer demand and what the market would bear,” he told Trucknews.com. He added Muir’s Cartage is the only trucking firm within the Calyx Group impacted by the changes.

He then referred further questions to Muir’s Cartage. Inquiries left with Muir’s have thus far gone unanswered.

Muir’s Cartage is one of Ontario’s longest-running trucking companies. It has been in business for more than 100 years. In 2007, the company sold its cross-border truckload division to Kriska Transportation. Today, Muir’s operates as a core carrier to big box retailers, and offers regional LTL and truckload services as well as warehousing.

Last year, the fleet operated 211 tractors, according to the Top Tier report on Canadian trucking capacity, published by Motortruck Fleet Executive.

Trucknews.com will have more details on Muir’s transformation as they become available.

- Are you a Muir’s Cartage driver who was affected by the changes? E-mail the author at jmenzies@trucknews.com.


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10 Comments » for Muir’s Cartage cuts company drivers loose, will operate as O/O fleet
  1. patrick smith says:

    Definitely, red flags going up on this one. Be interesting to hear what the customers/market demands are. Sounds like they are putting themselves out to pasture.

  2. meslippery says:

    It was a decision that was made based on customer demand and what the market would bear,

  3. Joe says:

    “It was a decision that was made based on customer demand and what the market would bear,

  4. chris says:

    The market??
    As a company we rely on our company drivers. If any of the Muir’s guys want a new home then come see us at CRS. Our customers love our company guys.

  5. Jim McCrank says:

    This must impact a large number of drivers, sad to say. Did the company care at all. Sounds terribly like a move toward American style of dollars and cents over employee loyalty.

  6. Murray F. says:

    Sure sounds like a simple case of getting rid of company drivers to save on benefits, stat holidays, vacation pay,and all other perks their drivers had.

  7. paul says:

    as if it is going to save money,in my opinion if you work for Muir cartage you are nothing but a SCAB.

  8. scotty says:

    i bet WSIB rates played a role in this decision !

  9. Jim says:

    Just sad. Muir’s was a good company at one time but looks to be going downhill

  10. Greg says:

    WSIB Killing Good company’s .

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