Clark County truckers feel the pinch of Occupy groups blockade of Port

first_imgTrucking companies in Clark County said Monday their drivers and their bottom lines are getting hurt by Occupy demonstrators who are gumming up operations at the Port of Portland.“Looks like we are dead in the water today,” Amanda Engh, account manager for RoadLink’s operations in Vancouver, wrote in an email to The Columbian.Engh forwarded to The Columbian an email she received from the Port of Portland Monday morning notifying RoadLink that Terminal 6 is closed for the day.Reached by phone, Engh said about eight truck drivers – independent contractors who do work for RoadLink – are sitting idle because of the protest.“We just sit and wait and tell our drivers to stick it out,” she said.Brad Foster, a sales representative for Vancouver-based Mitchell Bros. Truck Line Inc., said the company has about 35 truck drivers standing down because of halted operations at the Port of Portland.Mitchell Bros. employs a mixture of truckers who are on staff and those who are independent contractors, Foster said.Foster said the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 is important to the region’s economy. It’s where scrap metal and other exports are handled, he said, and it’s where imports – including retail goods headed for Fred Meyer, Columbia Sportswear and Lowe’s stores – are processed.last_img

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