Like most companies, Vauxhall Enterprise LLC was hit hard by the pandemic.
The small, family owned trucking operation based in Harnett County had been growing by hauling retail products and other freight from one destination to another, all across the country.
And then, almost overnight, it all stopped.
With people holed up in their homes to keep from getting sick and worried about losing their livelihoods and income, they stopped shopping at stores and slashed what they were spending. Commerce hit the proverbial wall — and so did Shirley Gray’s trucking company.
“Nobody knew what was going on in the transportation industry,” recalled Gray, who has been in the trucking business for almost a decade. “Shippers just paused. They stopped on the logistic side. Furniture, lumber, everything like that was stopped. Nothing was being shipped except essential goods. Truck drivers were quitting. There was no freight. Nobody was making money.”