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April 15, 2009 17:41 ET

Lowe's Awards Swift Transportation Their Carrier of the Year Award for the 5th Consecutive Year

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Swift Transportation Co., Inc., North America's Best-in-Class transportation solutions provider, was awarded the Carrier of the Year Award by Lowe's for exemplary customer service and value added partnership. In addition to the Carrier of the Year award, Swift was recognized with the Gold Service Award for a combined on-time service greater than 99% in all van, dedicated, intermodal and flat bed fleets. These awards were presented to Swift at Lowe's yearly Carrier Conference, held in North Wilkesboro, NC. This is the 5th consecutive year Swift has taken home the honor of being Lowe's Carrier of the Year, and has won one other Gold Service Award in 2004.

The honors were awarded to Swift Transportation by Steve Palmer, Vice President of Logistics, and Kevin Perry, Director of Truckload, Rail and Intermodal Transportation for Lowe's. Chris Johnson, Swift's Lowe's National Account Customer Service Manager, and Barry Shumate, Swift's VP of National Accounts, were on hand to receive the awards. Currently Swift handles vendor inbound, store delivery, flat bed and intermodal business for Lowe's. In addition to these service solutions provided, Swift runs two dedicated fleets and has recently begun handling "Store Delivery" business out of two relatively new regional distribution centers for Lowe's. Lowe's service expectation is 99.2% on time, and Swift has worked hard to exceed this and be Best-in-Class with not only Lowe's but their entire book of business.

"Swift Transportation has done an outstanding job of supporting Lowe's on a consistent basis. We consider several factors when determining the winner of this award, including on-time service, consistent capacity, EDI accuracy, and the overall ease of doing business. Swift Transportation put forth great effort to better understand our business needs and develop solutions that enable us to better serve our valued customers with in-stock merchandise," said Kevin Perry, Director of Truckload, Rail and Intermodal Transportation for Lowe's.

"We are proud to receive such a distinguished award from a first class organization such as Lowe's. We have made great improvements on customer service in our journey to Best-in-Class. Awards like this are evident that in today's economy we are the leader in the industry and are continuing to improve, build upon, and sustain our relationships with customers. We are dedicated to achieving a 6th Carrier of the Year award and a repeat Gold Service Award for 2009," said Richard Stocking, President and COO of Swift Transportation.

Swift began operations in 1966 with just one truck and has grown as North America's largest truckload carrier. Swift's suite of transportation solutions is unmatched in the industry, with 40 major terminals across the U.S. and Mexico. Swift Transportation is positioned to be your sole source provider for all your transportation needs including: Intermodal, Dry Van, Temperature Controlled, Dedicated, Container, Flatbed and more. Operating over 16,000 trucks with over 45 years of experience in the industry, Swift has the capacity and competency to partner with customers when they need it most.

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