Lewis Transportation Systems shuts doors

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Lewis Transportation Systems, with employees in seven states, is shutting its doors after 43 years of operation, the company announced Thursday, Dec. 28. Ed Liberda, vice president of sales for the Fargo, N.D.-based hauler, told the Associated Press that the closing was effective immediately and would leave 275 employees out of work.

“At this point, our concern is with the customers and our employees,” said Liberda, who declined to give further details. “Anything else will have to come from the family, and they’re not ready for that right now.”

The company was founded in Lisbon, in southeastern North Dakota, by Edward J. Lewis Sr., Liberda said. Its headquarters were moved to Fargo in the early 1980s. The company had 16 terminals in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as employees in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.