Wayne-based automotive parts hauler Rush Trucking Corp. recently closed its operations and transferred its services over to a new provider after more than 35 years in business, marking the closure of one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Metro Detroit and the state.

The move, first reported Monday by Crain’s Detroit Business, was confirmed to The Detroit News via an emailed statement Tuesday from company founder and chair Andra Rush.

“With COVID-19’s impact and the continual driver shortage, it became even clearer that the automotive focused segment of the trucking industry required consolidation,” Rush said. “I collaborated with our major customers to ensure that a smooth transition of our business to new providers occurred, while maintaining the quality of service and ensuring continued employment opportunities existed for our employees.”

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