Hampden truck company to close

Posted Dec. 29, 2009, at 11:06 a.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A local flatbed trucking company that was born 23 years ago and grew into the largest company of its kind in Maine will close its doors, leaving more than 100 employees without jobs.

Lenny Peters, founder of Carlen Transport, Inc. said the decision was made over the weekend and he informed employees on Monday.

“It’s a sad day for us,” he said. “We had a good company with a lot of good people.”

Peters said the down economy forced the company’s hand. He had been trying to tough it out for several months but was simply losing too much money.

Carlen will end its leases on 112 flatbed trucks. The trucks traveled all over the country delivering supplies for dozens of contracted companies, including Home Deport, Bath Iron Works and Georgia Pacific.

Peters also owns and operates Carlen Service Center Inc., a truck retail and maintenance company, which will remain open.