In its heyday, Moore Truck Lines had 90 employees and moved everything from paint to car parts up and down the state. But company owner Frank Moore Jr. says business started to dip in the mid 1990s with the deregulation of the trucking industry. He says that’s when they had to compete with big corporate carriers like FedEx and UPS.
"We always kept our head above water on that but starting the first part of January when the fuel prices started really escalating that was really what made our decision to close because it just didn’t look like the fuel prices were going to be subsiding any time soon."
He made the decision to go out-of-business when diesel prices hit $3.97 a gallon.
"It’s a sad day but it was the end of our run and it was time to do what we had to do. I think what I’ll miss most about it is the contact with our customers we have all over California."
Moore Truck Lines had about 20 employees and 15 trucks.
Moore says he plans to take some time off and either start a new business or find a job.