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For Immediate Release
May 9, 2007

For Information Contact:
Gary Petty, NPTC

NPTC Announces Safety Award Winners

Indianapolis, IN – The National Private Truck Council (NPTC) recognized its fleet members who had continued to elevate safety performance during the group’s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition held April 29-May 1, 2007 in Indianapolis, IN.

“The purpose of the Safety Awards program is to recognize those member companies which strive to make private fleet safety a benchmark of their operations,” said Gary Petty, NPTC CEO and President.

The NPTC/Bridgestone Firestone Fleet of the Year Award is presented to those companies whose fleets experienced the lowest ratio of accidents per million miles for the past year. These awards are given for the entire fleet's vehicle accident frequency rate (VAFR) by fleet size and operational category. The winners for 2007 were:

LOCAL OPERATIONS (fleets whose vehicles deliver in a local market regardless of size)  

First Place:        Barnes & Noble

MIXED OPERATIONS (Small Fleet – less than 50 vehicles)

First Place (tie):  Gates Corporation and Pendleton Woolen Mills
Second Place:     George’s Foods, LLC
Third Place:        Cooper Tire & Rubber Company

MIXED OPERATIONS (Large Fleet – 50 vehicles or more)

First Place:        Targa Midstream Services, LP
Second Place:    General Nutrition Centers
Third Place:        Russell Corporation 

REGIONAL OPERATIONS (Small Fleet – less than 50 vehicles)

First Place:        Jerico Services, Inc.
Second Place:    Target Stores
Third Place:       Webster Industries, Inc.

REGIONAL OPERATIONS (Large Fleet – 50 vehicles or more)

First Place:        Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc
Second Place:    Basic Chemicals Co., LLC
Third Place:       Milliken & Company

Also recognized, were those fleets with outstanding and/or improved safety records based upon their crash rates. Winners of the Gold Seal, awarded to fleet experiencing ZERO crashes in 2006, include:

•    ADM Trucking, Inc.
•    Aeropres Corporation
•    BP Products North America, Inc.
•    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
•    Dominion Virginia Power
•    Gates Corporation
•    Hittman Transport Services, Inc,
•    Jerico Services, Inc.
•    Logex Inc.
•    Orgill, Inc.
•    Pendleton Woolen Mills
•    Targa Midstream Services, LP
•    Webster Industries, Inc.

Winners of the Silver Seal, presented to those companies whose fleets reduced their vehicle crash rates by 40% or more compared to the previous year, were:

•    ADM Trucking, Inc.
•    Barnes & Noble
•    BP Products North America, Inc.
•    Dunkin’ Donuts, NE
•    George’s Foods, LLC
•    Logex Inc.
•    Marathon Petroleum Company
•    Orgill, Inc.
•    Russell Corporation
•    Walgreen Company

The Bronze Seal recognition is presented to companies who have reduced their vehicle crash rates by 20% to 39% from the previous year. The winners of the BRONZE SEAL are:

•    ADM Trucking, Inc.
•    BP Products North America, Inc.
•    Campbell’s Express
•    CHS, Inc.
•    Harley Davidson Motor Co.
•    Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
•    Logex Inc.
•    Orgill, Inc.
•    PV Transport., Inc.
•    Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
•    Tombigbee Transportation Corp.
•    Walgreen Company

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About NPTC
Founded in 1939, the National Private Truck Council is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business private truck fleet management.  NPTC is the premier marketplace of information, networking and skill building for private fleet professionals as it leads in shaping the future of corporate transportation.

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