Immediately after Fil-Mor Express unexpectedly closed Dec. 17, Dart Network began recruiting its competitor’s former drivers and on Dec. 21, announced it had bought its assets.
Dart’s leasing company, Highway Sales, bought Fil-Mor’s 153 day cabs and a portion of its trailer fleet. Dartco, an employee-driver fleet that contracts its trucks and drivers to Dart, is recruiting Fil-Mor’s 200 employee drivers.
Dart had announced it would match Fil-Mor’s mileage rate and its former drivers would drive for the same customers at Dart, and also offered positions to Fil-Mor’s office staff. Fil-Mor and Dart are dry-van truckload carriers located 45 miles apart in Minnesota, and have operated in many of the same freight corridors.
Richard Olson, Fil-Mor president and CEO, issued a Dec. 16 email saying the business and benefits would end the next day, according to a Dec. 29 story in Rochester’s The Post-Bulletin.
The company has not filed notice it was dissolving the company, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s data online also does not indicate any changes in the company’s status.