GREATWIDE LOGISTICS SERVICES AND ITS CARGO-MASTER BUSINESS UNIT RECOGNIZED FOR TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS CAPABILITIES
Company marks recognition with delivery of 10,000 more meals to the local Dallas food bank
DALLAS (Dec. 5, 2007) - In conjunction with delivery of food to provide 10,000 meals to hungry North Texans during the upcoming holiday season, Greatwide Logistics Services - a national provider of non-asset-based transportation and third-party logistics - today announced that the company and its Cargo-Master freight brokerage unit are the 2007 recipients of the Logistics Partner of the Year award. The recognition is made by America's Second Harvest-The Nation's Food Bank Network.
Each year, America's Second Harvest presents this award to honor one or more organizations that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the national network of food banks by efficiently transporting food products to where they are most needed. According to Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest, Greatwide and Cargo-Master are transportation industry leaders that have a strong commitment to community values and the fight to end hunger in America.
"The long-standing support that Greatwide and Cargo-Master have provided in the form of transportation, corporate and personal financial contributions and access to high-level logistics expertise has been tremendously helpful in providing food to millions of food-insecure Americans throughout the country," said Escarra. "Greatwide's willingness to make both visible and behind-the-scenes support available to America's Second Harvest and our network of more than 200 member food banks and food-rescue organizations makes a huge difference in the lives of people all across our country."
In 2006, Greatwide and Cargo-Master made a series of financial and service commitments to support America's Second Harvest and that organization's mission to serve more than 25 million people in the United States who otherwise might go without adequate nutrition. Included in this commitment are transportation and logistics services and consultation, "Hauling to End Hunger" promotional activities, corporate financial contributions, and opportunities for employees and independent Owner-Operators to make personal donations. Ray Greer, chairman and CEO of Greatwide Logistics Services, noted that the potential unlocked by this relationship was both logical and easy to identify.
"Teaming with America's Second Harvest is the perfect marriage of need and ability," Greer remarked when the program was first announced in Dallas.
"They have the need to move tons of food across the country, and we have the ability to help them do just that."
Added Doug Clark, president of Cargo-Master, Inc. and current chairman of the Transportation Intermediaries Association: "Men and women throughout the Greatwide family solve major transportation and logistics challenges in our customers' businesses everyday. We feel good about being able to use the same skills and abilities to help food banks across the country conduct what literally is a life-saving mission."
According to America's Second Harvest, Greatwide and its Cargo-Master business unit have provided support to the America's Second Harvest as both long-standing transportation partners and as donors to the network. In making the award, the organizations were recognized for their superior transportation and logistics services, financial contributions, and employee
involvement in hunger relief.
In announcing the receipt of this recognition, Greatwide officials noted that an employee-organized drive in the company's Dallas headquarters building generated enough food for member agencies of the Dallas-based North Texas Food Bank to provide another 10,000 meals to hungry individuals, bringing the total number of meals that the company and its employees have provided to more than 200,000 nationwide. Departmental teams competed for recognition of the most effective contributors to the project, driving several groups to competitively price and secure their personal purchases to maximize their impact on the campaign. Once collected, delivery of the food was made using a 53' Greatwide trailer, featuring mountain scenery and the distinctive green and blue Greatwide logo.
About America's Second Harvest
America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, America's Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. To learn more, please visit www.secondharvest.org.
About the North Texas Food Bank
Celebrating 25 years of service to the community, the North Texas Food Bank
(NTFB) passionately pursues a hunger-free North Texas through nutritious food distribution, advocacy and education. Last year, NTFB distributed 37 million pounds of food to 678 feeding and education programs in 13 North Texas counties, including after-school programs, residential treatment programs, food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers and low-income daycare centers. NTFB is a member of America's Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network. To learn more, visit www.ntxfoodbank.org.
About Cargo-Master, Inc.
Cargo-Master, Inc. has nearly 30 years of expertise and proven performance in servicing critical retail and production time-sensitive schedules, earning key rankings on lists compiled by several industry publications.
The company joined the Greatwide family in September 2005 and now is a part of Greatwide's brokerage business unit. Greatwide Freight Brokerage is a non-asset-based, full-service operation with 24 offices in the United States and Canada, serving clients such as Coca-Cola, Kraft, Wal-Mart, Kroger and General Tire. The company invests in facilities and cutting-edge technologies to meet and exceed shipper and carrier requirements. The company's history of stability and prompt payment practices to carriers keep these operators financially viable and operationally ready.
About Greatwide Logistics Services
Founded in Dallas, Texas in 2000, Greatwide Logistics Services is a privately held, $1 billion third-party logistics services company. The company is ranked No. 22 on the Commercial Carrier Journal 250 and No. 24 on the Traffic World Top 100 lists. The company has four primary lines of
business: dedicated transport, truckload management, freight brokerage and distribution logistics. With clients that include Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, IBM, Sysco, UPS, Dow, Ford Motor, GM and General Tire, Greatwide is one of the nation's leading non-asset-based logistics providers of transportation, third-party logistics, warehouse/distribution and freight brokerage solutions. For more information, visit www.greatwide.com.