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Celadon fallout: Workers deal with uncertain employment future

Company shutdown caught employees by surprise
Posted: 6:25 PM, Dec 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-10 18:25:29-05

INDIANAPOLIS — What's next? That's the question some 4,000 Celadon employees are asking after the Indianapolis-based trucking company filed for bankruptcy and shut down.

Many of the workers RTV 6 talked with said there was no indication the company was in such serious trouble. And it's not just truck drivers who are impacted.

Hundreds of people work at the Indianapolis headquarters. "It takes a lot to run a trucking company. So we have maintenance, shop people, driver trainers, people in HR, customer service, sales and recruiting teams," said Matt Gang, who was a senior training and development specialist with Celadon.

Gang learned about the bankruptcy over the weekend. "If you leave Friday and are going through the weekend thinking everything is fine, planning to show up on Monday and do your job only to find out that you don't have a job anymore, it's tough, especially this time of year."

"I think they are doing the best with what they have to work with," said Ohio-based truck driver Vincent Weaver about the help Celadon is offering to now former employees. "I dropped my trailer off and they said I was going to get my paycheck." Vincent said the company was willing to pay for transportation back to Ohio, but he lined up a ride with friends.