Thursday, March 4, 2021

No ‘Rush’

Woman-owned Wayne trucking business sold

Rush Trucking has been in Wayne for nearly 37 years.
One of the celebrated success stories in the state came to an end last week with the sale of Rush Trucking Corp.

Andra Rush founded the Wayne business in 1984 using about $3,000 she had in savings, borrowing $5,000 from her parents and leveraging the limits on her credit cards. She grew the business to include the Rush Group, a holding company that includes Dakkota Integrated Systems and Rush Supply Chain Management. 

Her business grew to include more than 1,000 trucks transporting automotive parts across the U.S. and Canada. The company employed about 374 drivers and was one of the largest woman-owned businesses in the state. 

Andra Rush
In a published statement, Rush said the current pandemic impacted her decision.

“With COVID-19's impact and the continual driver shortage, it became even clearer that the automotive focused segment of the trucking industry required consolidation,” Rush said. “I collaborated with our major customers to ensure that a smooth transition of our business to new providers occurred, while maintaining the quality of service and ensuring continued employment opportunities existed for our employees.”

That transition was reportedly the sale of Rush Trucking to Lavalle Transportation Inc. in December. Phone calls to the Rush Trucking number are directed to a message from Lavalle Transportation.  

Dakkota, a company that provides assembly and sequencing of automotive interiors to automakers, will continue. Rush launched Dakkota in 2001 as a joint venture with Magna International Inc. a major automotive supplier. Rush said in her statement that she will lead the efforts at Dakkota “as we look to expand our manufacturing model of job creation into new markets.”