Sunday, April 01, 2012

Former Roadway headquarters closes doors for last time

More than 250 current and former employees of trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. met Friday at Johnny Malloy’s sports pub on Buchholzer Boulevard in Akron to say goodbye and to see old friends.

“This is our family. The friendship will never end,” said Lee Cramer, 55, of Brimfield Township, who left the company in 2008 to move to California, but ended up staying in the area because of the poor housing market.

The gathering of current and former workers marked the end of the company’s days in the former Roadway Express building at 1077 GorgeBlvd.

The headquarters, built in 1962, has been part of the struggling Kansas-based trucking company since Roadway merged with Yellow Corp. in 2003.

As part of wide-ranging financial restructuring moves, YRC Worldwide is selling the Gorge Boulevard property.

Employees were told Friday they had to leave the building by 11 a.m. They had first learned of the closing on Jan. 5.

About 100 people who lost their jobs were spending their last day at work there. Others are being transferred to terminals in Copley and Richfield and to a leased facility on Tallmadge Avenue.  Full Story............

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