ABF Freight System

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Arkansas Best Corporation
Type Public
Industry Transportation
Founded 1923
Headquarters Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Key people Tim Thorne, President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Wing safety and training
Revenue IncreaseUS$1.47B (FY 2009)[1]
Net income DecreaseUS$-128M (FY 2009)[1]
Total assets DecreaseUS$870M (FY 2009)[2]
Total equity DecreaseUS$501M (FY 2009)[2]
Employees 10,000 (2011)
Website www.abf.com

ABF Freight System, a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation,[3] is an integrated source for comprehensive supply chain management. Beginning in 1923 as a local freight hauler, the company has evolved into a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions. The company’s infrastructure includes a network for handling regional and national less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation of general commodities. ABF ended 2011 with revenue of $1.73 billion and approximately 10,000 active employees.[4]

In 2011, ABF was named: National LTL Carrier of the Year by the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council;[5] a Green Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine;[6] a CIO 100 company by CIO magazine;[7] an Information Week 500 company by Information Week magazine; and winner of the Excellence in Security Award from the American Trucking Associations (ATA).[8] ABF is the only six-time winner of the ATA President’s Trophy for Safety,[9] the only six-time winner of the Excellence in Security Award,[8] and a five time winner of the Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award.[10]


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