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DES PLAINES, Ill.,
May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Urban Chicago city driving with its heavy, stop and go traffic, construction zones, distracted drivers, pedestrians, brutal congestion and other obstacles is a challenge that taxes even the most attentive motorist. Accidents happen. In fact, the
Illinois Department of Transportation reports there are 300,000 car accidents each year in the Greater Chicagoland region.
Yet for the past 25 years, two professional truck drivers from
Con-way Freight in
Des Plaines have accomplished what many would consider a near-impossible feat: getting into the cab of their truck every day, five-days-a-week, and with a trailer or two in tow, safely navigating
Chicago's business districts, commercial and industrial zones and highways and byways without so much as a minor fender-bender or workplace injury.
That remarkable safe-driving and safe-working milestone was accomplished by
Tom Syme and
Joe Lombardi, two professional truck drivers for Con-way Freight. They are being recognized today in a special ceremony at the company's
Des Plaines service center, where they will be presented with Con-way Freight's Distinguished Driver Award, a prestigious honor conferred upon the company's most accomplished professionals for exemplary safety achievement.
"Safety is our number one core value at Con-way Freight," says
David Burk, the company's director of operations for the
Chicago region. "
Tom Syme and
Joe Lombardi epitomize that commitment. Their accomplishment of 25 years without an accident or injury is a testament to their professionalism, their skill and the focus on safety they bring to work every day. They set the safety bar high every day, and we're thrilled to be able to honor them today and welcome them into the ranks of our Distinguished Drivers."
Syme and Lombardi join an exclusive group of Con-way Freight professional driver salesmen with record-setting safety performances over the company's 30-year history. In addition to over 60 drivers who have garnered 25-year safe working honors, the company also has honored 1,639 Con-way Freight drivers across the U.S. who have achieved one million safe driving miles, and 204 drivers who have surpassed two million accident-free driving miles. In February this year, the company celebrated its first three-million-mile Distinguished Driver. The first-ever milestone was accomplished by James "Jackpot" Sutfin, a driver salesman out of the company's
Las Vegas service center.
Local media are invited to attend the recognition ceremony at
4 p.m. today at the
Des Plaines service center, 401 West Touhy Ave.
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www.con-way.com/en/about_con_way/newsroomAbout Con-way Freight Con-way Freight is the industry's leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of 425 operating locations in
the United States,
Puerto Rico. Con-way Freight offers LTL freight transportation across
North America and through Global LTL
™ delivery in
the United States from around the world. Global solutions include international less-than-container load (LCL) ocean shipments from
Asia through its OceanGuaranteed® service; direct service to more than 30 Bahamian and
Caribbean ports through TropicalDirect
SM; and domestic offshore transportation to
Puerto Rico. Based in
Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is C-TPAT/PIP-, ACE- and CSA-certified.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a
$5.6 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit
SOURCE Con-way Freight