New England Motor Freight will lay off all 264 of its employees in Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo and Richfield, Ohio, while closing all its facilities.

Ninety employees will lose their jobs at the Columbus facility at 1700 Georgesville Road.

The layoffs will conclude March 1, with a small workforce remaining at each facility to perform remaining tasks before the facility is closed, according to a filing with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The layoffs are a result of New England Motor Freight and 10 related affiliates filing for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, New Jersey, on Feb. 11. The Elizabeth, New Jersey-based company, which has been in business since 1918, cited rising overhead costs and a shortage of drivers as the reason for its bankruptcy filing.

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