LAFAYETTE, IN -- Wabash National Corporation today announced that it has launched a purchasing consortium with other businesses associated with the transportation industry. Wabash National is the principal member of the Transportation Equipment Purchasing Consortium (TEPC).

"The main object of TEPC is to identify and increase efficiencies and economies of scale in the procurement of raw materials, component parts and services therefore creating an economic benefit for its members," said Steven Miller, vice president of supply chain management for Wabash National.

Each member of the consortium is a manufacturer or other business associated with the transportation industry that will benefit from collaborative, strategic sourcing. At the launch of the consortium, TEPC current associate members include: Kentucky Trailer; Utilimaster Corporation; Federal Signal Corporation; and VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation.

About Wabash National

Headquartered in Lafayette, Ind., Wabash National Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of semi trailers in North America. Established in 1985, the company specializes in the design and production of dry freight vans, refrigerated vans, flatbed trailers, drop deck trailers, dump trailers, truck bodies and intermodal equipment. The company operates two wholly owned subsidiaries; Transcraft Corporation, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck and dump trailers and truck bodies; and Wabash National Trailer Centers, trailer service centers and retail distributors of new and used trailers and aftermarket parts throughout the U.S.

About Kentucky Trailer

Kentucky Trailer is the nation's leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Clients include Allied, Atlas, Mayflower, North American, United Van Lines, Wheaton World Wide Moving and many other moving companies. Additional specialty application customers include Frito-Lay and UPS.

About Utilimaster

Located in Wakarusa, Indiana, Utilimaster Corporation has been building quality custom commercial vehicles that include walk-in vans, parcel delivery vans and truck bodies since 1973. Winner of many awards and ISO 9001 certification, Utilimaster is dedicated to designing, building, and servicing vehicles. With multiple modern plants dedicated to designing and building the vehicles bodies, Utilimaster has a broad customer base in many industries, including the package delivery, truck rental, bakery/snack delivery, linen/uniform rental and utilities markets.

About VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation (VT SVC)

VT Specialized Vehicles Corporation, a company of VT Systems, is the leading manufacturer in North America for specialized truck bodies and trailers that services multi-stop food and beverage service distributors and municipal emergency rescue departments. Its two divisions, Hackney and Kidron, specialize in beverage truck bodies and trailers, emergency rescue bodies and trailers, contractor services truck bodies and multi-temperature refrigerated truck bodies and trailers.

About Vision Technologies Systems (VT Systems)

Vision Technologies Systems (VT Systems) is a provider of integrated engineering solutions, specializing in the fields of aerospace, electronics, land systems, and marine. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems has locations throughout North America. VT Systems offers a broad range of proven innovative services to both the commercial and government sectors. VT Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.

About Federal Signal Corporation

Federal Signal Corporation enhances the safety, security and well-being of communities and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1901, Federal Signal is a leading global designer and manufacturer of products and total solutions that serve municipal, governmental, industrial and institutional customers. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., with manufacturing facilities worldwide, the Company operates three groups: Safety and Security Systems, Environmental Solutions and Fire Rescue.

OMAHA, NE -- BAT Logistics, provider of 3rd party logistics and transportation solutions, has continued to expand its carrier base and grow revenue by double digit percentages every month since opening in February. BAT has not shown any signs of being adversely affected by the soft economy.

Despite the economic slowdown and weaker than normal peak season, BAT continues its growth and shows ability to rise above the competition. BAT will continue to expand its sales force while providing superior execution. This will allow the company to capture additional market share and continue steady growth explains Partners Shawn Rorie and Jarrod Marinello.

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SAN MATEO, Calif., -- John G. Labrie, president of Con-way Freight, the less-than-truckload (LTL) commercial freight carrier and largest subsidiary of Con-way Inc., will participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 5 at the Goldman Sachs Global Industrials Conference in New York City.

The discussion will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Parties may listen to the event via a live Internet webcast. The audio webcast will be available at in the investor relations section. To listen to the call, please go to Con-way's web site at least fifteen minutes early to register and install any necessary software. Following the live webcast, an Internet replay of the presentation will also be available at the Con-way site.

About Con-way Inc. -- Con-way Inc. is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. A diversified transportation enterprise, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through primary operating companies Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics. These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload and full truckload and multimodal freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services, and trailer manufacturing. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries. For more information about Con-way, visit us on the Web at


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Trade Mission Led by Private Sector Will Help Small and Medium-Size U.S. Businesses Expand in the Indian Marketplace

MEMPHIS, Tenn., -- FedEx Corp. is collaborating with the Commerce Department's U.S. Commercial Service on a trade mission to India in November 2008 for U.S.-based businesses interested in expanding into the Indian marketplace.  FedEx is the first private-sector company to lead a trade mission to India in conjunction with the Commercial Service.

With visits scheduled to New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai from Nov. 9-14, 2008, the trade mission will enable U.S. businesses to better understand trade opportunities across key economic hubs in the country.  In addition, it will help Indian companies looking to pursue new buying opportunities with American businesses.  

“India is one of the best-performing economies in the world, and it is one of the top consumers of U.S. exports,” said Rajesh Subramaniam, senior vice president, International Marketing, FedEx Services.  “By holding this trade mission, FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service will provide U.S. and Indian businesses with valuable networking opportunities needed to grow their businesses and maintain a competitive edge in the global marketplace.”  

The companies participating in the trade mission represent small and medium-sized businesses and sectors in manufacturing, transportation equipment, engineering, business services, consulting, architecture, information technologies, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, and more.

“India is a fast-growing market with enormous potential for increased sales of innovative U.S. products and services, contributing to jobs and economic growth in both countries,” said Israel Hernandez, Commerce Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service.  “This trade mission is an important step toward strengthening U.S.-India business ties and enhancing fair, two-way trade between both our countries.”

As part of the trade mission, participants will meet with potential Indian business partners, agents, distributors and buyers to discuss opportunities through business appointments arranged by the U.S. embassy’s Commercial Service.  While in the country, participants will also have access to:

  • Leading business centers, a production site and an educational institution,
  • U.S. and Indian business leaders successfully operating in India,
  • U.S. and Indian government officials and business decision-makers, and
  • Market intelligence and other relevant data to help determine if India is right for their business.

“FedEx is well-positioned to lead this trade mission because we facilitate global trade in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide,” said Jacques Creeten, vice president of India Operations, FedEx Express.  “We also have a significant presence in India.  Now in our 11th year of direct operations in India, FedEx offers the largest number of international flights to and from India, as well as a dedicated ground network connecting more than 4,000 cities and towns across the country.”

From 2003-2007, U.S.-India trade has increased by 130 percent, reaching more than $41 billion last year -- and U.S. exports to India have more than doubled since 2005.   Trade between the two countries is up 21 percent through the first half of 2008 compared to the same time period last year.  American companies see excellent opportunities in part due to India’s average annual growth rate of more than seven percent, its fast-growing middle class of nearly 400 million consumers with growing purchasing power, and the country’s favorable impression of U.S. products and services.

Since 2004, FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service have operated a joint trade promotion initiative to help simplify the complexity of international trade, particularly for small and medium-size businesses looking to source and sell in the global marketplace.  In May 2007, FedEx and the U.S. Commercial Service renewed their commitment with a new 5-year agreement to continue their efforts to boost exports from U.S. businesses.  To date, more than 13,000 clients have been exposed to the business of exporting.

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