ABF Celebrates Teamwork During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

By: Bubbajunk.com

FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept 13, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc.(R), is celebrating the 15th Annual National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, September 19-25, 2010, with a system-wide campaign focusing on teamwork. The campaign underscores the fundamental role of transportation industry employees in supporting the North American economy.

"This campaign celebrates the hard work and dedication of all ABF employees to uphold the highest standards of integrity and performance," said Wes Kemp, ABF's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Each of ABF's employees contributes to the success of our company by working together as a team and it doesn't go unnoticed. In fact, their commitment specifically to safety, cargo handling, and customer service are particularly exemplary, strengthening the confidence customers hold for our company with each passing day."

During the campaign, each ABF employee receives a special letter of appreciation and ABF service centers host special events in celebration of the week. ABF also recognizes outstanding performance by its employees, particularly professional drivers, throughout the year. Ongoing training, orientation, and incentive programs are aimed at ABF drivers maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and becoming ambassadors for promoting safety and increasing public appreciation for the trucking industry.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reports that the trucking industry includes 3.4 million professional truck drivers with one out of every 19 Americans employed in the industry. Trucking is a $660 billion industry, representing 83.1 percent of the nation's freight bill. "Trucks are the sole supplier to 80 percent of U.S. communities," says the ATA. "We deliver food, clothing and medical supplies - and we do it safely."

Established in 1923, ABF(R) is best-in-class for safety, security, technology and freight-handling. InformationWeek, CIO, InfoWorld, and BtoB magazines have cited ABF's strategic use of information technology as exemplary. ABF is the only five-time winner of the American Trucking Associations President's Trophy for Safety, the only five-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award, and the only four-time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award. ABF also is the only carrier to earn both the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award and the Excellence in Security Award in the same year, which ABF accomplished twice.

ABF provides guaranteed service for expedited or time-definite shipments via its TimeKeeper(R) service. Regional shipments are handled via the carrier's RPM(R) Network, providing next-day and second-day delivery. The ABF system stretches throughout North America, with local service centers serving all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Globally, the carrier serves 250 ports in more than 130 countries.

ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).

Source: ABF Freight System, Inc.