The Transportation Logistics Company
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Greg W. Smith
Director of Corporate Marketing
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc
615 J.B. Hunt Corporate Drive
Lowell, Arkansas 72745
PPG INDUSTRIES EXCELLENT SUPPLIER AWARD PRESENTED
TO J.B. HUNT DEDICATED CONTRACT SERVICES
LOWELL, ARKANSAS, March 26, 2004 - J. B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) announced today that its Dedicated Contract Services (DCS) operating segment received an Excellent Supplier Award from PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE: PPG), for superior accomplishments in 2003.
Kathleen McGuire, PPG vice president, purchasing and distribution, presented the Excellent Supplier Award trophy, made of PPG glass, to DCS representatives at a recent ceremony in Lowell, Arkansas.
“The performance of J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services in 2003 was outstanding,” said McGuire. “Their overall quality, service, innovation, responsiveness and commercial value have been superb. J.B. Hunt has consistently met or exceeded our goals in handling some of PPG's most difficult freight, including temperature-controlled and hazardous-materials shipments. Also, their participation in our Supplier Added Value Effort ($AVE) program has reduced expenses and improved processes for PPG. We consider J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services a very reliable and important business partner and view our relationship with them as a significant competitive advantage at PPG.”
Recipients of PPG’s supplier awards are chosen by ratings and evaluations measuring quality, delivery, documentation, innovation, responsiveness and commercial value. Participation in the $AVE program, as well as other continuous improvements, play an increasingly important role in earning the award.
J. B. Hunt installed Terion Fleetview® trailer tracking units with acoustic cargo sensors on PPG trailers at the start of the project. Trailer tracking enabled Hunt to operate the fleet more efficiently and significantly reduce the trailer-to-tractor ratio. The competitive advantage gained from the use of this technology saves PPG hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in operating costs.
“Combining J.B. Hunt’s proprietary Customer Value Delivery™ methodology with PPG’s $AVE program allows both companies to share an ongoing commitment to continuous improvement through innovative technology and operational excellence,” said John Roberts, president, J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services. “This award is the result of a true partnership between our organizations and we are honored to be recognized by PPG for those efforts.”
About J.B. Hunt
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, focuses on the safe and reliable transport of full truckload freight to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Our business operations are primarily organized through three distinct, yet complementary, business segments that include dry van, intermodal and dedicated contract services. Utilizing an integrated approach, we provide capacity oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry leading service.
Our stock is traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. For more information about our company, visit www.jbhunt.com.
About Terion, Inc.
Terion, Inc. (www.terion.com) is a leading two-way wireless data communication and information solution provider for mobile and remote business-to-business applications focusing on the transportation industry. Terion provides value-added products and services, robust application content software accessed through the Internet, and reliable, high-quality hardware designed specifically for our target markets.
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