AUBURN — An Auburn trucking company has shut down its long-haul trucking operation and heavy-duty truck center, putting more than 60 people out of work.

Bisson Transportation owner Bob Cooper says the company could not find enough owner-operator truck drivers to make the long-haul freight business work. It has about 38 and would need about 60 drivers to be “reasonably profitable.”

Cooper says a lot of truckers got out of the business during the recession, and now that the economy has picked up, they are in great demand. He tells the Sun Journal that Bisson can’t offer the incentives and bonuses larger companies give their drivers.

The shutdown means layoffs for 38 truck drivers and 23 others, including mechanics and office workers.

Bisson still has other businesses.