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Brandt Truck Line 2003 file
A Brandt Truck Line Inc. trailer is seen in 2003. (Pantagraph file photo)

BLOOMINGTON -- Brandt Truck Line, a Bloomington-based trucking company in business for 88 years, has closed.

A brief statement posted on the company's website Tuesday afternoon said Brandt ceased operations effective immediately.

"We made no pickups Tuesday and will do our best to deliver any freight that is still in our system," the statement said. "Thank you for your past business."

Owner John Brandt did not return a message Tuesday. President Steve Kubsch referred all inquiries to the owner.

The company was founded in 1923, starting to move kerosene for heating and lamp oil by a team of mules between Atlanta and Waynesville, according to a history on the company's website.

Since the 1980s, Brandt Truck Line has specialized in the less-than-truckload, or LTL, freight-hauling market, moving multiple loads not enough to fill a truck on their own. Brandt had expanded from its original Central Illinois and Chicago market to include all of Illinois, and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and Kentucky, its website said.

It was headquartered at 1619 S. Morrissey Drive, Bloomington.

Nicolet Souza of Bloomington, who said she's worked in customer service at Brandt for about eight months, told The Pantagraph on Tuesday that the closure was "a shock."

"I was on the phone with a customer (Tuesday morning), and right after I got off the phone, my manager was standing over me. And she said, ‘We're done,'" Souza said.

She said there were about 17 office employees in Bloomington. The company also has an unknown number of drivers and employees based elsewhere.

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