End of an era: Readers express shock over Mills closure

LOCALS have expressed their sadness over the news that trucking company Mills Transport, which has been in operation in the region for 90 years, will cease trading at close of business Friday September 25.

On The Northern Star's Facebook page, readers have commented on the situation.

"What a shame. The transport industry is a tough gig," Matt Geering said.

"Oh my goodness, what an awful thing to have happened, my thoughts go out to the family who started it," Rachael Lee said.

The family-owned business has been operating since 1924 in Northern NSW and south-east Queensland. http://ow.ly/Rgluo

Posted by The Northern Star on Sunday, August 23, 2015

"What a gut wrenching decision this must have been - The family history, the staff now unemployed, the end if an era - There are no winners. At least they knew when to end, before going into so much debt owing the innocent money they could never pay. Respect!" Tracey Makings said.

"This is such a tragedy for our region. Mills has had a long and enduring history of providing transport on the Northern Rivers for 91 years!" Lady-Louise Somerville.

"That's a lot of jobs lost in one hit," Jamie Robertson said.

"What a blow for this company and our whole region," Kerrie Melchior said.

"How sad. The good old days are slowly going," Melanie Hughes said.

"A great company... Sad to see the doors close!" Letitia Towers said.

"A long family history, sadly a repercussion of today's economy," Tracey Makings said.

Some comments came from workers or family members of workers too.

"My mother has had the privilege of working with this company for 34 years. It's a sad time but it's so good to see it done the right way by such a fantastic company. Thanks for all the memories Mills Transport," Melinda Jayne said.

"My father, two brothers and brother in law all have worked for them over many years. Very sad," Judy Cupitt said.

"It is very sad but they have shown respect to all their employees. I have worked for them for 41 years. End of era," AllanandDebbie Cooper said.

"My son worked there for a couple of years. The company has been around as long as I can remember. Sad day for all concerned - must have been a huge sad decision to have to make," Kathleen Knight said.

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