Business slows for local trucking companies during COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: April 08, 2020 07:47 PM

The owner of a Northland freight shipping and trucking company says the local trucking industry is not as busy as people might think, saying his business has been hurting during the pandemic and is worried about how this may affect it in the future.


Jerome Madson operates Madson Trucking in Carlton. He has been in the trucking business since he was 18 and launched his business in 2017. He has enjoyed being a part of the industry, but says his businesss has been affected drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For a small company like I have, it hurt us bad. We can’t go anywhere with a reasonable rate and when we get to where we want to go, there's no loads to come back," said Madson. 

Madson says they have a hard time delivering and picking up loads do to businesses closing earlier or being closed during the Safer at Home order. He says his business operation has dropped by 90 percent and doesnt know how much longer he can keep it going.

"A lot of places we used to be able to park in their lots. They don't want to allow you to do that anymore. At truck stops, when you go to most of them, they don't even have showers or can find a place to get a hot meal," said Madson.

Madson says rates continue to drop and it becomes a challenge everyday to find loads they can haul.

"This morning I looked on one of the load boards coming out of Duluth, there's normally a couple hundred loads on there, and there was one when I checked and a half hour after that it increased by 11," said Madson.

Madson hopes things can turn around soon. In the meantime he's been able to do some needed maintenance work to his truck. He encourages folks to support small and local trucking businesses like his by considering doing projects where their services may be needed to haul heavy equipment.

"You got time to do your remodeling, now's a good time. That keeps us running for what we do and keeps the other places busy too," said Madson.

If anyone is interested in Madson Trucking services, call (218) 831-2851.

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