CFI Honors 2007 Drivers of the Year
Joplin, Mo. - Jan. 7, 2008 - Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), a Con-way
(NYSE: CNW) company and international truckload carrier based in Joplin,
Mo., announced today its Drivers of the Year for 2007.
The six award winners, representing solo as well as team driver operations,
were singled out at a recent ceremony for exemplary performance, commitment
to safety and professional service representing CFI in the market, with
their fellow employees and with customers. Each driver qualified for
consideration by earning driver of the month recognition during 2007.
"This ceremony is our annual opportunity to recognize the 'best of the best'
in our fleet," said Herb Schmidt, president, CFI, a Con-way company. "What
these individuals have accomplished is about more than safe miles. It is
about service, leading by example and representing our company as a complete
professional. It is the highest honor we give to an employee or contractor."
Winners received gifts including a commemorative plaque, wrist watch, custom
jacket and a cash prize. In addition, awardees were also recognized by the
Missouri State House of Representatives with a proclamation honoring their
achievement. The ceremony also marks the induction of each selectee into the
CFI Hall of Fame at the company's headquarters in Joplin. The 2007 honorees
. Company Driver: George Cook was named company driver of the year.
Cook, who uses the handle "Deacon," joined CFI in 1986 and has driven more
than 2.7 million miles. He lives in Arlington, Texas. He has won this award
for two consecutive years.
. Company Team: Michael Beam and Billy Weaver were awarded the
company team of the year. They both reside in Lawndale, N.C. Beam joined the
CFI team in 2006 and Weaver joined in 2005.
. Contractor Driver: Jon Smith was named the contractor driver of the
year. Smith began driving with CFI in 1984 and lives in Joplin. He has
driven more than 3 million miles and uses the handle "Smitty" when out on
. Contractor Team: Allan and Marian Bruton were awarded the
contractor team of the year. Both began driving with CFI in 1988 and
together have driven more than 3.8 million miles. They use the handles
"Brut" and "Misty Blue." They reside in Tulsa, Okla.
About Contract Freighters, Inc.
Joplin, Mo.-based Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI) is an operating company of
Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) and a leading provider of expedited, time-definite
full-truckload transportation services across North America. Acquired by
Con-way in 2007, CFI was combined with Con-way Truckload to create an
organization that employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700
tractors and 8,600 trailers operating throughout the United States, Mexico
and Canada. The company provides full-truckload transportation serving the
transcontinental shipping needs of commercial and industrial businesses as
well as sister company Con-way Freight.
CFI/Con-way Truckload is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.7
billion freight transportation and logistics company and FORTUNE magazine's
"Most Admired Company" in transportation and logistics for 2007. For more
information, visit www.con-way.com/truckload.
Contract Freighters, Inc., a Con-way company
(417) 623-5229 ext. 5359
Belinda Donovan/Amber Caouette