PAXTON — A trucking company has decided to close its shipping terminal in Paxton.
LeFebvre Companies Inc., based in Elk River, Minn., will close its terminal at 1065 W. Ottawa Road in Paxton by the end of March, according to the company’s owner and president, Paul LeFebvre.
LeFebvre said the closure is directly linked to a loss in business from the terminal’s main customer, High Concrete Group LLC.
High Concrete — a producer of precast concrete structures — closed its plant in Paxton in January 2009.
“When High Concrete left, that was our major customer; that was what brought us there (to Paxton),” LeFebvre said. “We tried hanging on, thinking they were coming back, but it just didn’t appear like it would happen, so we didn’t have any choice.
“It’s just a sign of the times. If High Concrete was still there, we’d still be there going as strong as they were.”
LeFebvre said the terminal in Paxton is the only one among seven his company operates in the Midwest that is being closed. The company specializes in the transportation and delivery of precast concrete products and other dimensional freight throughout the Midwest.
The Paxton terminal currently employs five truck drivers, all of whom will be laid off.