Less than six months after Nebraska Transport Company was purchased by North Dakota firm Cross Country Freight Solutions, a number of employees at the Gering facility have been laid off.
Janeanne Bischke, the Chief Executive Officer for NTC and Cross Country Freight Solutions, tells KNEB News eight positions are being eliminated. She says NTC has been been very paper-based, so paper had to be printed, sorted and filed; but their new technology will phase out those paper-based functions.
Bischke also said several sales positions were eliminated due to duplication of services within their sales group. She says all of the customer service functions will remain in Gering, and no driver positions were affected.
“Unfortunately, sometimes people do get caught in the cross-hairs of those technology changes,” explains Bischke. “But a company does need to be profitable, so economically you have to make those decisions sometimes but it’s something you don’t want to do at all.”
Bischke says LTL (Less Than Truckload) Transportation is a very low margin industry, and have been an increasing number of government regulations. She says that’s a huge burden on the industry at all, and forcing the trucking industry to consolidate as a whole to become profitable.