Economic Development

Chamber Lists Employment, Training Opportunities for Falcon Transport Workers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Workers displaced by the closing of Falcon Transport Co. can find a list of regional companies and those across the country hiring and offering work opportunities at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber website.

The list is just a sampling of regional and national employment opportunities, and will be distributed to those employees who may be looking for other employment and can fill available positions.

“While we understand that not all displaced workers live in the Mahoning Valley, we realize the importance of marketing employment opportunities to those affected by the Falcon Transport closure,” said Marcy Angelo, the Regional Chamber’s manager of business development and workforce initiative JobsNow. “The Chamber is a resource for these individuals and companies, and as we continue to assist our companies facing workforce challenges, this is one avenue of support.”

The Regional Chamber continues to receive phone calls from trucking and logistics companies that are hiring. Although many are not headquartered in the Mahoning Valley, their trucks travel through the region, and/or the companies have terminals here.

Earlier this month, Falcon Transport said it failed to give proper written 60-day notice as required under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act of closing three operations in northeastern Ohio because of “unforeseen business circumstances relating to material impairment of operations” and other factors.

Falcon abruptly shut its doors on April 27 and terminated more than 500 employees without filing a WARN notice, which is required by federal law for companies that employ more than 100 people. A class action lawsuit filed April 29 in U.S. District Court in Youngstown alleges Falcon used its employee message system to terminate its local employees and more than 400 others across the country without first issuing the WARN letter.

To see the list, go to RegionalChamber.com/economicdevelopment/edworkforce/jobsnow.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.