Women Who Move Detroit – 2023 – Special Section
Great Lakes Trucking Mi. Inc.
2700 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Warren, MI 48091
Liliya Skikun, the owner of Great Lakes Trucking Mi. Inc., came to the United States from Ukraine in 2000. Because she wasn’t able to find suitable employment at the time, she started her own successful cleaning business. Thirteen years later, in 2013, Skikun decided she wanted to get into the trucking industry. She bought two trucks, applied for her operating authorization, and started knocking on doors.
Skikun has worked very hard to get to where she is today. Ten years ago, it was still difficult for a woman to get her foot in the door with shippers, and starting out as a woman-owned company wasn’t an easy thing. Despite the challenges, Skikun was very persistent and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Skikun believes that looking out for her customers’ interests as well as her team’s best interests is the key to operating a growing and thriving business. Great Lakes has been successful by utilizing both owner operators as well as company trucks. Skikun says she’s put together a great team of ladies who keep the front office moving in a very progressive manner. Her husband of 25 years, Oleh, manages the shop and keeps the warehouse and inventory system growing.
This year, Great Lakes Trucking Mi. Inc. is celebrating 10 years in business as a dry van carrier. Although the company specializes in the automotive industry, Skikun and her team can handle all your dry van freight needs.