ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Two operating units of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), Con-way Truckload and Menlo Logistics, were recently honored as industry leaders in environmental performance and energy efficiency with SmartWay Excellence Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Con-way Truckload received the excellence designation on the strength of its fleet of nearly 3,000 tractors being 100 percent equipped with SmartWay-certified fuel-savings and emissions-reduction technologies, while nearly half of its fleet of 8,000 trailers is aerodynamic, equipped with the SmartWay-certified UT6 Trailer UnderTray System, manufactured by SmartTruck Systems. The company's tractors also have automatic idle shutdown, and both tractor and trailer equipment feature low-rolling-resistance tires to increase miles per gallon and lower carbon emissions. Con-way Truckload previously won SmartWay Excellence Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2013.
As a leader in Lean supply chain practices and a SmartWay Excellence Award winner for three consecutive years, Menlo Logistics works closely with its customers and carrier partners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental sustainability performance through adoption of SmartWay programs. Currently, 91 percent of Menlo's network miles are with SmartWay-approved carriers. Menlo also brings proven Lean practices for reducing waste and minimizing resource intensity to all operations and has instituted processes to capture and analyze accurate and timely data to measure sustainability programs and identify areas for improvement.
"The EPA is pleased to recognize the 2015 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. I commend Con-way Truckload and Menlo Logistics for their superior environmental performance and leadership in advancing freight sector efficiency," said Chris Grundler, director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "Their commitment is helping lead the freight industry to a more sustainable future."
The EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today, the program consists of more than 3,000 partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. The SmartWay Excellence Awards, started in 2006, honor top carriers for environmental efficiency performance. Shipping and logistics partners are also recognized for efficiency; for their actions to reduce freight emissions through collaboration, advanced technology and operational practices; and for having a robust system for validating and reporting their SmartWay data, communications and public outreach. Con-way was one of 51 companies to receive this distinction this year.
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About Con-way Inc.
Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $5.8 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through its primary operating companies of Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Logistics. These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload and multimodal freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services. Con-way also operates Con-way Manufacturing, a trailer refurbishing and manufacturing company which supplies trailing equipment to the company's trucking fleets. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries.
For more information about Con-way, visit www.con-way.com.
The EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 million barrels of oil and $20.6 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay's clean air achievements (61.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 43,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.
For more information on SmartWay, visit http://www.epa.gov/smartway/.
For a list of Excellence Award recipients, visit http://epa.gov/smartway/about/sw-awards.htm#aboutawards.
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