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Menlo Worldwide Logistics

June 07, 2012 11:30 ET

Menlo Worldwide Logistics to Continue Managing Rapid Response Program for New York City's Coastal Storm Plan

NYC's Office of Emergency Management Extends Contract Following Successful 2011 Deployment of Emergency Response for Hurricane Irene

NEW YORK, NY and SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), has been awarded a contract extension by the New York City's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to continue providing warehousing, logistics, transportation management and rapid-response deployment of emergency relief supplies to New York City's boroughs under the City's Coastal Storm Plan.

Menlo Worldwide Government Services won the original contract in 2007, and subsequently mobilized the program and deployed relief supplies in advance of Hurricane Irene in 2011as part of the city's Coastal Storm Plan. Under the renewed agreement, Menlo will continue to warehouse and manage a large stockpile of emergency relief supplies for the OEM, deploying them to storm shelters throughout New York City's five boroughs as necessary when activated by OEM to respond to a major weather hazard, hurricane or other natural disaster. Menlo's scope of work also includes post-event demobilization, recovery, transportation and re-stocking of supplies back into staging warehouses.

Relief supplies are warehoused for the OEM by Menlo at a 50,000-square-foot facility in northern New Jersey, and a 46,000-square-foot facility in Long Island, NY. The two specialized warehouse facilities store an emergency stockpile of approximately 5,000 pallets of various relief supplies and serve as the central dispatch locations for designated evacuation areas in the city's five boroughs. Menlo will continue to staff, manage and operate the facilities with logistics specialists and systems established for rapid response to emergencies.

Under the program, when the initial forecast of an approaching hurricane is received, OEM notifies Menlo to mobilize. Menlo initiates ramp-up plans, bringing in staff to process and stage shipments, and secure transportation resources in advance of deployment. As shipments begin to move to shelters, Menlo monitors inventory draw-down and replacement needs, secures additional supplies from vendors, and manages the ongoing response process to ensure that shelters are adequately supplied with goods until the emergency passes.

In the aftermath of an emergency, Menlo then works with the OEM to replenish and restock supplies within the warehouse. Under the OEM program, Menlo warehouses thousands of cases water and "Meals Ready to Eat" or MREs, as well as other basic supplies including first-aid kits, protein bars, personal care and comfort kits, diapers, baby formula, cots, blankets, pet cages and pet supplies.

OEM renewed the contract with Menlo following a successful 2011 emergency deployment, demobilization, recovery and on-going reconstitution in response to Hurricane Irene. During that event, Menlo deployed 297 trucks to 91 facilities across New York's five boroughs, distributing approximately 4,000 emergency supply kits within 24 hours of receiving the deployment order.

"Hurricane Irene put our resources and experience to the test and we remain 'at the ready' to fulfill the requirements of the city's Coastal Storm Plan should another emergency situation arise," said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. "Our collaborative relationship with the city of New York and the Office of Emergency Management has successfully helped the city's residents 'weather the storm' and we stand ready to continue providing these important services as needed for future emergencies."

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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics' services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com.

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