FORT WORTH, Texas, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), announced today that Dana Boles, service center manager of its Dallas service center, was presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.
Boles was nominated for the award by Con-way Freight Driver Sales Representative and U.S. Army Reserve Specialist Jaron Mullins to recognize the ongoing support Boles and Con-way Freight has provided him since joining the company and throughout his deployment.
"I joined Con-way Freight in 2011, and it has been the most supportive company I've worked for," said Mullins. "Since day one, Dana and the team always made me feel proud of my service and secure in my job, especially during my deployment. It makes a huge difference knowing they are behind me 100 percent and are helping me successfully balance both my military service needs and career."
Mullins started his career with Con-way Freight as a dockworker, enrolling in the company's driver training school shortly after to attain a commercial driver's license, after which he was promoted into the role of professional driver. He has served in the Army since 2008 with overseas deployment from Nov. 2013 to Sept. 2014 in Haiti and Afghanistan.
The Patriot Award was created by ESGR, a Department of Defense office, to publicly recognize employers who believe in a strong National Guard and Reserve. Employers qualify for recognition when they demonstrate leadership and promote personnel policies that encourage employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.
"Supporting our nation's service members is part of our culture at Con-way Freight," said Boles. "While I never expected to receive an award for working with Jaron on balancing both a career in trucking and military service, I'm truly honored and hope that we can be an example of how to provide professional support and development to all military service members in any industry."
Con-way Freight offers its employee-soldiers pay differentials and uninterrupted health benefits for their families during the first year of a deployment. The company's human resources representatives maintain contact with soldiers' families to ensure that they understand all available benefits, while employee volunteers also provide outreach to families, assisting them with everyday challenges such as home maintenance, auto repairs and snow removal.
For employees on active duty, the company sends care packages full of items like soap, shampoo and magazines. Upon return from active duty, employees are reinstated to the same or equal job, pay and grade level. If an employee needs to move for a returning job, the company pays relocation expenses. To help employees readjust to civilian life, Con-way's Employee Assistance Program provides access to counseling through the company's health benefit plans.
Today, Con-way employs more than 2,700 military service veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserve.
About Con-way Freight Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of more than 425 service locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across North America and through Global LTL™ delivery in the United States from around the world. Global solutions include international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service; U.S. and Europe delivery for inbound and outbound international cargoes through an exclusive alliance with TNT; direct service to more than 30 Bahamian and Caribbean ports and domestic offshore transportation to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.8 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit www.con-way.com/en/freight.