Three ABF Drivers Selected as America's Road Team Captains

          Three ABF Drivers Selected as America's Road Team Captains

PR Newswire

FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 11, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Trucking
Associations named three ABF® drivers Captains of the 2013-2014 America's Road
Team. The drivers and service centers where they are based are: Don
Biggerstaff, Charlotte, N.C.; and Loren Hatfield and Otto Schmeckenbecher,
Little Rock, Ark. They join a group of 19 Captains selected from a group of 32
finalists. The competition included a review of trucking industry expertise
and a demonstration of their communication skills, combined with their
community service and lifetime safety records.

"ABF is a strong supporter of ATA's America's Road Team program, and we are
particularly proud that the Team has consistently included ABF drivers among
its ranks," said ABF President and Chief Executive Officer Roy Slagle. "Don,
Loren and Otto all possess superb driving skills, have outstanding safety
records and share a commitment to upholding the greatest standards of
excellence. It is due to the diligence of employees like these that the ABF
team has earned the reputation of being the safest, most conscientious and
highly innovative in our industry."

While maintaining their jobs as full-time professional drivers, the new
America's Road Team Captains will travel the country speaking on behalf of the
trucking industry to the community, news media and public officials. The
Captains will address transportation and safety issues, speaking at community
events and anywhere they can reach the motoring public to share safe driving
tips and offer advice on how to safely share the road with tractor-trailers.
The Road Team Captains also advocate safety to those within the industry at
terminals and truck stops. They speak with fellow drivers, driver training
students and corporate safety officers. They also have the opportunity to
present trucking and safety issues before our public officials, at the
national, state and local levels.

"America's Road Team represents the best our industry has to offer: pride,
professionalism and dedication to making our highways safer for all who travel
them," said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. "Today as we honor our newest
Captains, I want to congratulate not just these fine individuals, but all
those hardworking drivers who strive every day to deliver America's most
essential goods safely and efficiently."

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
company'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 time-definite 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: Russ Aikman, director of marketing & public relations

Website: abf.com                Telephone: (479) 785-8913
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SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.

Website: http://www.abfs.com
 
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