Yellow Corp. is closing one of its two Milwaukee area sites by May 28 and consolidating it into one.
The LTL carrier reported in a March 16 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice filed with the state of Wisconsin that the affected facility is Milwaukee Terminal 386 at 6161 S. 6th St., which operated as USF Holland and YRC Enterprise Services. The company said the move impacts 189 jobs, including 85 people with the job title “city combination driver.”
Yellow will consolidate its Milwaukee operations to its YRC Freight site at 6880 S. Howell Ave., in neighboring Oak Creek, Wisconsin, less than two miles from the terminal set for closure, Yellow Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in an email to Transport Dive. The company expects most, if not all employees will move to the new site, though some may choose to leave.
The company said in the WARN letter that all affected employees as well as those represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters will be offered transfers to other Yellow facilities. Employees who do not accept a company transfer or are unable to continue their employment will be terminated by May 28, the company said.
Yellow operates multiple facilities within the same city in some parts of the country. Some sites "are smaller, end-of-line terminals, which are being combined with larger and more modern regional terminals and distribution centers," Nauert said. She also said the company informed its Milwaukee employees about the consolidation in 2022.
Yellow announced during its Q3 earnings call in November plans to sell 28 excess terminals with service territories overlapping other locations as part of its One Yellow transportation initiative to become a super-regional carrier. The company’s target is to have 290 terminals once the sell off is completed.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comment from Yellow Corp.