ABF announced recognition by the American Trucking Associations for exceptional security practices, earning the 2011 Excellence in Security Award from the ATA Supply Chain Security and Loss Prevention Council. The award was presented at the Supply Chain Security and Law Enforcement Conference, held Oct. 4-5 at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Including the inaugural award in 2001, ABF has earned the Excellence in Security Award six of the 11 times it has been awarded.
“ABF’s industry-leading security and cargo care record, recognized by this council and by certifications such as C-TPAT, FAST and PIP, give ABF customers a significant supply chain advantage,” says Wes Kemp, ABF president and chief executive officer, referring to certifications from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency. “Earning this prestigious award is further evidence that ABF is fully committed to maintaining that supply chain advantage for our customers. We believe our customers deserve safe, secure and error-free service, which comes from the training, experience and responsiveness of dedicated and empowered ABF employees.”
The ABF security program includes regional security managers strategically located throughout North America. The security managers have law enforcement backgrounds and work closely with ABF management and local, state and federal authorities and regulators.
“Protecting our customers’ freight and company assets and the safety and security of our employees are ABF priorities,” says Sam Cates, ABF safety and security director. “ABF security procedures and guidelines are formulated as a guide for all employees – from upper management to touch labor – so they have the knowledge to conform to ABF security requirements. This has positioned ABF as the premiere carrier when it comes to delivering shipments safely and securely.”