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SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — It’s not been easy these past six months, admitted Mark Chandler, president of Autoland Inc., the auto buying CUSO resource for hundreds of credit unions nationwide, most notably in California, Oregon and Washington. “We’ve felt the bad economy here as much as anyone, but things are looking great. We had a good month for us. So far we’ve sold 500 cars and 46 today.”

Autoland seemed to have survived the Ides of March, and Chandler said it has turned a corner. That turn was not without some pain, he said, with the CUSO forced to downsize a bit. “We did a company restructure because we had to position ourselves for today.” That euphemism is often business-speak for layoffs, and Chandler said that the restructure meant going to 130 employees from 160. “Now, as our business grows, we’ll rehire and grow with it,” he added.

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