Harwood driver says Mills is "a good company to work for"
AFTER operating for more than 90 years on the New South Wales North Coast, family owned and operated Mills Transport will be closing its doors for the final time on September 25.
The voluntary closure of the business will affect 115 staff members across their six offices in Harwood, Lismore, Sydney, Brisbane, Murwillumbah and Coffs Harbour, including Clarence Valley truck driver Andrew Casson.
"It is a shame that they are finishing up," Mr Casson said. "There is plenty of other work out there so I am not overly worried about that just yet, it was just they were a good company to work for.
"A lot of transport companies are a different set up and they can have a lot of politics involved in the operations. Mills were different; they were easier, you picked up a load dropped it off and worked when you could."
Mr Casson began his working life as a panel beater at the Maclean NRMA, but after the passing of his boss Merv, the business was sold off and he gave up panel beating to follow in his uncle's footsteps working for Mills Transport.
Over the next 15 years Mr Casson was in and out of the Mills organisation in between working for other transport companies. But it was with Mills where he was happiest.
"Everyone is all a bit numb, no one sort of expected it to happen," Mr Casson said. "In reality everyone starts dropping off, three or four start leaving next week for other shores and the team of drivers is broken up.
"It is just a new beginning for me, I don't think I will get the same sort of money or get a role with a company as easy as them."
Mills Transport company director Reg Mills said it was a difficult decision to make.
"We are aware of the impact it will have on our loyal, and in many cases long standing, employees," he said.
"As this is a voluntary closure, Mills Transport confirms all liabilities, including supplier invoices and staff entitlements, will be paid."
Mills Transport is committed to fulfilling its commitments to its existing customers and will continue to trade until September 25.
"Mills is also negotiating on behalf of staff to see if it can help organise them jobs with the new contractors who will take over its business," Mr Mills said.
"The transport industry has provided four generations of the Mills family with many opportunities, experiences and memories and we appreciate the support we have received from our customers, suppliers and staff."