Fortune finds YRC Worldwide ‘Most Admired’ for sixth consecutive year

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For the sixth consecutive year, YRC Worldwide has been ranked number one in its industry on Fortune magazine’s annual list of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” Also, YRC Worldwide ranked number one in all eight categories, a recognition achieved by only 13 other companies overall. The reputation attributes are innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products/services.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition for the sixth year in a row,” says Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Overland Park, Kan.-based YRC Worldwide. “We are especially excited to have ranked number one in all eight attributes of reputation categories, an achievement that validates our position as an industry leader and our ongoing commitment to our customers.”

Landstar System, a nonasset-based provider of transportation and logistics services, ranked third; the recognition marks Landstar’s fifth consecutive year on the list. “We’re honored to be chosen once again,” says Henry Gerkens, president and chief executive officer of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company. “The recognition is a direct reflection of the contributions made by Landstar independent sales agents, third-party capacity providers and employees.”

C.H. Robinson Worldwide also made the list. “This great recognition is thanks to the dedication of our employees, who work hard every day to provide the highest-quality service to our customers and our carriers,” says John Wiehoff, chief executive officer of the Minneapolis-based company. “Their commitment to building strong relationships is at the core of our success.”

Fortune‘s annual list of “America’s Most Admired Companies” will appear in the March 17 issue, on newsstands March 10. To create the industry lists, Fortune and its survey partner, Hay Group, asked executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on eight criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A total of 622 companies in 65 industries were surveyed.