Professional, Polite, Prepared to Kill

Family-owned business calls it quits after 67 years


KALAMAZOO, Mich (WOOD) – A Kalamazoo business owner is calling it the worst day of his business career.

Alvan Motor Freight, a family owned business, is ceasing operations after nearly 70 years and filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

President and CEO James Van Zoeren says a number things including the economic difficulties in the Midwest, the strike at American Axle, overcapacity in the trucking industry and fuel prices lead to the company’s demise.

According the company’s website, the primary focus is handling time-sensitive LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) freight.

Alvan Motor Frieght was founded in 1941 by Van Zoeren’s family and employs about 525 people.

There are terminals in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Romulus, Saginaw, Jackson, Mesick and Alpena in Michigan including several others in Ohio and Indiana. From

Sad to say, another trucking company out of business because of high fuel prices.

Don’t forget to visit and sign the petition to Drill Here, Drill Now.  It may not save Alvan and others, but we have to get the message to the no-drill Dems that it is THEIR failed energy policies that have put us in this position.


June 30, 2008 - Posted by | economy, trucking | , ,

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