Wednesday, April 29, 2009

USF Holland trucks 45 jobs out of Mansfield

In a statement released Tuesday, the Holland, Mich.-based trucking company said its facility at 792 Fifth Ave. will be shuttered and operations consolidated elsewhere in Holland’s regional network.

Currently 45 employees work out of the Mansfield terminal, although the Holland officials did not say how many are drivers and how many are support personnel. The statement said the majority of employees will have the opportunity to transfer to the surrounding Holland facilities.

“We made significant investments in our company during the first quarter to enhance our position in the market and improve our future operating performance,” said Bill Zollars, Chairman, President and CEO of YRC Worldwide, which owns USF Holland. “Unfortunately, the economy progressively weakened throughout the quarter, making it more challenging to get ahead of the volume declines.”

Shifting operations out of Mansfield, Holland plans to serve customers from its Buffalo, Cleveland and Youngstown service centers “in order to support ongoing efforts to improve service performance, reduce costs and maintain competitiveness,” the statement said.

No closing date for the Mansfield terminal was released, though the company said it is currently planning action for the first half of June.

The announcement comes on the heels of a March report that USF Holland was closing 11 terminals in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kansas, affecting 350 employees. This week, the transportation service provider named five additional facilities to be shut down, including the Mansfield operation.

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