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May 28, 2010 12:25 ET

Kimberly-Clark Presents Swift Transportation With Their Transportation Innovator of the Year Award

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - May 28, 2010) -  Kimberly-Clark presented its Transportation Innovator of the Year Award to Swift Transportation Co., Inc. of Phoenix, AZ, during an award ceremony at Swift's corporate headquarters. 

With this award, Kimberly-Clark recognizes Swift for its innovative thought leadership and value added supply chain partnership. This award exemplifies the enduring relationship founded on trust and win-win agreements between Swift Transportation and Kimberly-Clark.

"Kimberly-Clark is pleased to award Swift our Transportation Innovator of the Year Award. Their application of LEAN principals to improving and sustaining on-time deliveries to our customers is truly exceptional. Swift has reduced variability and we can consistently count on them to deliver our freight on-time!" said Steve Harmon, Kimberly-Clark Vice President Transportation Customer Development.

Jerry Moyes - CEO, Richard Stocking - President and COO, and Tim Harrington - VP Sales, at Swift Transportation Co., Inc., accepted the award on behalf of the company. "We are all honored to have won such a distinguishing award from Kimberly-Clark. This is proof that our hard work and dedication to becoming best in class is really paying off! We are focused on our wildly important goals and look forward to many more success stories. I would like to personally thank the entire Swift team for enabling us to become the carrier of the industry and be value added to Kimberly-Clark. Partnering with world class companies, like Kimberly-Clark, helps develop Swift into the world class carrier we want to be," Richard said. 

This award marks the third Kimberly-Clark Transportation Innovator of the Year presented to an indispensible supply chain partner. The supply chain partner must be a category leader, maintain best in class service levels and is held accountable for innovation in 5 major areas:

  • Process Improvement
  • Technology
  • Sustainability
  • People
  • Safety and Compliance

Swift Transportation's implementation of the LEAN Six Sigma process through its business transformation group has proved to be a huge success. Reductions in variability across all departments have enabled Swift to streamline and more effectively plan for future and reduce costs. "The most important aspect of our LEAN program is the education of our people. This education sparks our ability to align our systems and processes to unleash the talent of our people. The education helps everyone understand the entire value stream and where they contribute to Swift's money making model." said Richard Stocking. Service levels and customer satisfaction have increased as a result of the LEAN Six Sigma program. In addition, Swift has invested capital into automation and operational technology to ensure a hyper focus on opportunities for improvement in customer satisfaction. 

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people -- nearly a quarter of the world's population -- trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No. 1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the company's 138-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.

About Swift Transportation Co., Inc.

Swift began operations in 1966 with one truck and a foundation of trust, and has since grown into North America's largest truckload carrier. Swift's suite of transportation solutions is unmatched in the industry, with 40 terminals across the U.S. and Mexico. Swift Transportation is positioned to be a sole source provider for all your transportation needs including: Dedicated, Intermodal, Dry Van, Temperature Controlled, Container, Flatbed, Transportation Management, specialty operations and much more. Operating with 45 years of experience in the industry, Swift has the capacity and competency to partner with customers when they need it most. Follow Swift on Twitter @SwiftTransport (www.twitter.com/SwiftTransport), or become a fan on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/swift.transportation).

For more information about Swift Transportation, Inc. including this award, please visit www.swifttrans.com

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