SOURCE: Con-way Freight

November 12, 2008 10:00 ET

Con-way Freight Gifts Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund

Con-way Employees' Contributions Double the Funds Raised in Washtenaw County for Hurricane Relief

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - The American Red Cross of Washtenaw County received a contribution from Ann Arbor-based Con-way Freight, the less-than-truckload operating unit for Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), and its employees of more than $21,000 for Hurricane Ike relief efforts in the Houston area.

Con-way Freight matched the donations raised by its employees bringing the total contribution to $21,191, doubling the funds already raised by the Washtenaw County Chapter for victims of Hurricane Ike's devastation earlier this year.

"The Red Cross is so grateful for the generosity shown by Con-way Freight's employees," said Donna Duvin, executive director of the Washtenaw County Chapter of the American Red Cross. "The Washtenaw Red Cross is proud to submit this gift to help replenish the National Disaster Fund. We hope Con-way Freight's leadership and generosity inspires others in our county to follow their example. This funding means so much to all of our neighbors across the country who have experienced disasters this year, but especially to the residents of Houston who are still putting their lives back together after the destruction left by Hurricane Ike."

"Houston is a major market for us where we have several hundred employees and thousands of customers," said John Labrie, president of Con-way Freight. "While we originally thought of collecting donations of food, clothing and supplies, we quickly came to the realization that financial support for the American Red Cross was the best way to help these communities start to rebuild their lives."

"We're pleased to match the generosity our employees demonstrated and provide this necessary support for those who are recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike," he added.

About 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 through a single, unified network of more than 300 operating locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Con-way Freight offers LTL freight delivery across North America, as well as delivery in the United States for international less-than-container (LCL) ocean shipments from Asia through its OceanGuaranteedSM service. Con-way Freight is a certified FAST highway carrier and is ISO 9001- and 14001-, C-TPAT/PIP, ACE- and CSA-certified.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.7 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit

About the American Red Cross

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To help the victims of thousands of other disasters across the country, you can make a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish language assistance). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013. Internet users can make secure online credit card donations by visiting For more information, call the Washtenaw Red Cross chapter at 734-971-5300.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Julie Dean
    Washtenaw County American Red Cross
    ph: (734) 971-5300, ext. 221
    m: (734) 260-7945

    Jayme Ackemann
    Con-way Inc.
    (650) 378-5418