Con-way Truckload Announces 2010 Drivers of the Year

Drivers in Four Categories Receive Company’s Top Honor for Outstanding Performance

JOPLIN, Mo. – January 10, 2011 – Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced its 2010 Drivers of the Year — the company’s highest recognition. The drivers selected were Thomas and Joan Walter of Madison, N.C.; Bill and Vicki Bumgardner of Grey Forest, Texas; George Cook of Arlington, Texas; and John Newkirk of Jay, Okla. The winners include both solo and team drivers who had been named Drivers of the Month in 2010. Award criteria included dedication to safety, professional service and exemplary performance. Con-way Truckload recognized the drivers over the weekend during an awards ceremony at its Joplin headquarters.

“It’s always a special day for me when I’m able to personally recognize the Drivers of the Year for their efforts,” said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload. “Our 2010 honorees choose to go above and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of their job performance. They do more than simply drive a truck — they ensure the safety of the motoring public, the satisfaction of our customers and our success as a company. I congratulate and thank them for their commitment to Con-way Truckload.”

Each category nominee will be recognized and commended, while individual winners will be presented prizes for their achievement: an official Con-way Truckload jacket, a customized award plaque, a personalized Con-way Truckload watch, a cash prize, and an official proclamation from the Missouri State Senate. The Drivers of the Year were also inducted into the Con-way Truckload Hall of Fame.

The 2010 Con-way Truckload Driver of the Year honorees:

  • Company Driver of the Year: George Cook of Arlington, Texas, joined Con-way Truckload in 1986, and has since driven more than 3.2 million miles. Cook and his wife, Tani, have six children and 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys bowling and flying ultra light planes.
  • Company Team of the Year: Thomas and Joan Walter of Madison, N.C., have six children and seven grandchildren. Since joining Con-way Truckload in 2009, the two have driven more than 389,000 miles. When not behind the wheel, Thomas enjoys watching drag racing while Joan enjoys working in the yard.
  • Owner-Operator of the Year: John Newkirk of Jay, Okla., started driving for Con-way Truckload in 1988. Since then he has driven more than 1.7 million miles. Newkirk and his wife, Pam, have five children and five grandchildren. During his time at home, he enjoys spending time with friends and family.
  • Owner-Operator Team of the Year: Bill and Vicki Bumgardner of Grey Forest, Texas, have been driving as a team for Con-way Truckload since 1997. Together they have driven more than 3.9 million miles for the company. When they’re not driving, they enjoy spending time with friends and family, including their six children and 11 grandchildren.

All Drivers of the Month from 2010 are automatically nominated for Driver of the Year. Fourth quarter 2010 Drivers of the Month are: Butch Untiedt of Trenton, Mo.; Travis and Sabrina Lopez of Friendswood, Texas; Richard Ramirez of El Paso, Texas; Jerry and Cheri Robinson of Prineville, Ore.; Brian Glover of Lincoln, Neb.; Clyde and Sheryl Nelson of Tulsa, Okla.; Jim Cory of Joplin, Mo.; Brent Michalski and Jacqueline Kowalksi of Farnham, N.Y.; Chuck Spitler of Greenville City, Ill.; Daniel Schreiner of Wildwood, Fla.; Mikel Eirman of Brooksville, Fla.; John Newkirk of Jay, Okla.; and Allan and Marian Bruton of Tulsa.

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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 8,600 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 or call (800) 641-4747.

Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $4.3 billion diversified freight transportation and global logistics company.

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