Brandt Truck Line, Bloomington, Ill., shut its doors March 22 after 88 years in business. The company offered no explanation for the shutdown.
On its Web site, the regional less-than-truckload carrier promised Tuesday to "do our best to deliver any freight that is still in our system."
Brandt operated 95 tractors, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records. It had a conditional safety rating as of March 2010.
The trucking company's Compliance, Safety and Accountability scores were all within acceptable thresholds, according to data from FMCSA's Web site.
Founded in 1923, Brandt Truck Line originally hauled kerosene using teams of mules and wagons, according to The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington.
The carrier has specialized in LTL freight since the 1980s, The Pantagraph said. Its territory stretched from Illinois into five neighboring states.
Brandt is the latest small trucker to fold during the recession and in its wake. In the third quarter of 2010, 330 carriers closed shop, Avondale Partners said.
Bankruptcies were down 18.5 percent from the same period in 2009, but many smaller carriers are struggling in the recovery, especially as fuel costs rise.
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