Nine ABF Freight-Handling Professionals Selected for the 2012 Load Team

Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 ET from ABF Freight System, Inc.

FORT SMITH, Ark., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF® has selected nine freight-handling professionals for the 2012 Load Team, an elite group of freight-handling professionals from across ABF's North American network. The Load Team members and their customer service centers are:

Dwayne Cannon – Atlanta, Ga.

Detric Cathey – Little Rock, Ark.

Jon Donahey – Dayton, Ohio

Kim Hodgin – Winston-Salem, N.C.

Rudy Lovato – Albuquerque, N.M.

Tony Olson – Kansas City, Mo.

Bart Quarnberg – Salt Lake City, Utah

Gilberto Reyes – Chicago, Ill.

Craig Thorsell – Dallas, Texas

"Load Team members help to personify ABF's commitment to meeting the needs of our customers through safe and efficient freight handling," says Murray Babb, ABF vice president of terminal operations. "Due to the talents of dedicated employees like these, shipping customers can trust ABF — knowing that more than 99.5 percent of all shipments are moved claim free."

The Load Team program was established not only to honor outstanding performance but also to draw upon dock employees' insights regarding dock procedures and equipment. Load Team selections are based upon personal integrity, safety records and ability to load trailers in an optimal fashion – a skill that facilitates the safe, timely and efficient movement of shipments. Load Team members also contribute to the ongoing implementation of the ABF Quality Process.

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), ABF operates as a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions. ABF enhances supply-chain efficiencies and achieves optimum performance by focusing on specific logistics needs and customizing innovative solutions. The carrier's resource-rich infrastructure includes an innovative dual-system network for regional and national transportation. Its portfolio of logistics services extends from the manufacturer's floor to expedited and/or white-glove final delivery. In between, customers benefit from a single point of contact and total end-to-end supply chain visibility.

Contact: Mr. Russ Aikman, director of marketing & public relations


Telephone: (479) 785-8913



SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.