JOPLIN, Mo. ‹ Nov. 8, 2010 ‹ Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that it has received the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award from The Eastern Shawnee Longhouse Management Authority. This award is presented annually by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce to a business in the Four State Area (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma) that has demonstrated outstanding efforts in environmental stewardship and conservation.
"Con-way Truckload's companywide programs spur environmental awareness and action among employees, as well as the development and implementation of business practices designed to promote sustainability and minimize the company's environmental impact," said Rick Rogers, president of the board of directors of the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. "This is an organization that puts words into action to achieve tangible results. They're deserving of this honor and we're proud to recognize them in this way."
Con-way Truckload launched its sustainability program in 2007, bringing together a multi-department management team to review policies and practices from building upgrades to recycling programs to fuel efficiency efforts in an effort to build sustainable practices.
Some of the key results from the initiative have included:
- Building upgrades: Con-way Truckload installed new, more efficient lighting throughout its Joplin campus, resulting in a savings of $25,000 and a reduction of 20 tons of CO2 annually. Other initiatives included automated light shutdowns, automatic screen saver deployment and automated shift to power-saving mode for PCs after 30 minutes of inactivity.
- Recycling: Con-way Truckload now recycles approximately 8,000 lbs of paper and 6,400 lbs of cardboard per month. Other recycling efforts include unused pallets, which are deployed to other company locations, recycling of PCs and monitors, and recycling of all cleaning/chemical containers on a weekly basis.
- Fuel efficiency: Con-way Truckload reduced the weight of its trucks by 670 lbs each, resulting in a fuel savings of 11,400 gallons per year and switched to fuel-efficient, single wide-base tires on all tractors for a 3.4 percent increase in fuel economy. The company also reduced the speed governors on company-operated tractors from 70 mph to 65 mph, which saves approximately 3,050,060 gallons of diesel fuel per year. Also, by reducing and/or eliminating idling time, Con-way Truckload is reducing the amount of GHG released into the atmosphere.
- Employee initiatives: Con-way Truckload launched a new program this year called "Sustainamania" that challenges employees to come up with ideas to reduce the company's carbon footprint in four key areas: waste reduction, energy reduction, recycling and procurement. The top five ideas will be implemented companywide with the employees who submitted the ideas being recognized during a special awards ceremony.
"We are honored to receive this award recognizing the effort of both our company and our employees to be good environmental stewards," said Bruce Stockton, vice president of maintenance and asset management for Con-way Truckload. "Our results demonstrate that sustainability programs not only improve the environment, but can also positively impact a company¹s bottom line." Stockton also serves on the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), which works to develop efficiency-enhancing and environmentally beneficial technologies for the freight industry.
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About Con-way Truckload
Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload 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. Formerly Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), Con-way Truckload today employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,000 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as internationally in 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. For more about Con-way Truckload, visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com/truckload or call (800) 641-4747.
Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $4.3 billion diversified freight transportation and global logistics company.