WARREN, MI – Jerry Sumpter, president and CEO of Eagle Ottawa LLC, expects the automotive leather supplier will take advantage of a consumer shift to passenger cars from trucks and thinks the current weak sales environment will persist next year. “We want to find the bottom of the market, when this might level off,” Sumpter says of the U.S. sales slump, which according to Ward’s data tumbled to a 15-year-low seasonally adjusted annual rate of 12.46 million units in September. But like ...

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