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C.R. England lays off 81 workers, blaming ‘stagnant economy’

C.R. England CEO Chad England said the cuts came as the trucking industry struggles this year "due to a stagnant economy, increasing federal regulations and a tightening market for drivers."

The Trucker News Services

9/3/2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Refrigerated trucking company C.R. England laid off 81 workers on Friday, according to a report in the Salt Lake City Desert News’ Saturday editions.

The newspaper said a memo issued by C.R. England CEO Chad England said the cuts came as the trucking industry struggles this year "due to a stagnant economy, increasing federal regulations and a tightening market for drivers."

"Scaling back our cost structure is a responsible business strategy in difficult times," England said. "Unfortunately, we found that the size of our non-driver workforce must be adjusted to be consistent with the amount of freight we are able to haul in this environment."

He did not say if all of the layoffs were centered in Utah.

The reduction represents less than 1 percent of the 8,245 employees and independent contractors at C.R. England. The laid off employees were offered severance packages, he added.

"We regret that recent conditions have forced this reduction," England said. "We hope that you understand that protecting the financial viability of C.R. England is of fundamental importance to employees and independent contractors who work hard every day."

England said that company leadership remained excited about what can accomplished in the coming months and years.

"We have doubled in size since 2007, and we plan on doing it again," England said in the memo. "As we fight our way through this, we will become a stronger company. During difficult times, it is critical that we focus on the principles that have been a big part of our company for almost a century: hard work, cost control, teamwork, fantastic service, safety and innovation."

An England spokesman confirmed the layoffs.

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