Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Biggest U.S. trucker battling economy's headwinds

Keith Graham says times are not good, but they have been worse.

"I was down to two deliveries a week at (auto supplier) Pullman Industries in South Haven," said the truck driver at USF Holland, a unit of America's largest trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. "Recently, they went back up to four deliveries a week, which is good news."

"When it comes to the auto industry, Michigan could do with a whole lot more good news like that, " Graham, 47, said.

Those extra deliveries were related to new product lines for General Motors Corp, officials said.

But if good news like new product lines at a U.S. automaker is rare these days -- the industry has been decimated by shrinking market share for Detroit-based automakers GM, Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Chrysler LLC -- the same can be said for YRC and USF, which YRC bought in 2005. Full story.............

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