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Notices posted Tuesday

WARN notices say Falcon Transport being liquidated

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Nearly a week-and-a-half after closing its headquarters and telling drivers to stop working, Falcon Transport has submitted notifications mandated by federal law.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday received three so-called WARN Notices from Falcon, announcing it has closed its headquarters on Belmont Avenue in Liberty Township, its terminal on Victoria Road in Austintown, and a terminal in Lorain, Ohio.

The letters, sent under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, blames what it characterizes as “unforeseeable business circumstances and the failure of a capital search” for the shutdown.

The letters go on to say that Falcon is attempting to liquidate all of its assets.

The Department of Transportation records indicated that Falcon had 585 drivers at the time the company closed. However, the WARN letters from Falcon claim that a total of 162 employees at all three locations lost their jobs, and 113 of those positions were drivers.

The majority of the 49 employees terminated at the Liberty headquarters were management staff and clerks.

All but one of the 61 workers at the Victoria Road terminal were drivers.

Other transport companies have been quick to reach out and offer jobs to many of Falcon's drivers.

Although the letters are dated April 27, the day drivers say they were told to stop working, the Department of Job and Family Services time-stamped the letters Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

The company gives several reasons in the letters for why they were unable to provide workers a 60-day notice including a ransomware attack on Falcon's computers and efforts by the company to obtain further funding. 

A former Falcon worker from Girard has filed a class action suit against Falcon and its owner CounterPoint Capital Partners saying the letter of the law wasn't followed because workers were not given the required sixty-day notice before the closure.

The suit seeks unpaid wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, holiday pay, pension and benefits that would have been made during those two months.

All three WARN notices may be seen here.

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