KITCHENER, Ont. — Al’s Cartage, a family-owned fleet that once employed 230 people, has ceased operations due to rising fuel costs and a sluggish economy.
Randy Frohlich, vice-president of operations for the 80-plus-year-old company, told the Kitchener-Waterloo Record that it decided to close shop after its fuel supplier cut it off.
“We got squeezed out,” he told the paper. “There’s too many trucks out there and not enough freight.”
The company was heavily-reliant on the auto parts industry. The fleet had already trimmed its size from its peak of 230 workers down to 50 employees.
“Because the pain the industry in, there’s no hope for Al’s, that’s for sure” Frohlich told the Record. “In this day and age, you can’t give the business away.”
The company leased most of its trucks, which will be turned back in.
– With files from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record
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