Crowning achievements. Crown Equipment Corp. has recognized 13 of its dealers and branches for outstanding achievement in its 11th annual Summit Awards program. Two of them, Crown Lift Trucks of Memphis, Tenn., and Lift Stak & Stor Inc. of Minneapolis-St. Paul, also received the James F. Dicke Pioneer Award. Named after Crown's chairman emeritus, the honor is the highest recognition given to the company's dealers and branches. Other honorees included Action Lift Inc. of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Lift Inc. of Lancaster, Pa.; OmniLift Inc. of Philadelphia; Crown Lift Trucks of Miami; A.J. Jersey Inc. of South Plainfield, N.J.; Naumann/Hobbs Material Handling Inc. of Phoenix; NorthWest Handling Systems Inc. of Seattle; OKI Systems Ltd. of Cincinnati; Crown Lift Trucks of Dallas/Fort Worth; Crown Lift Trucks of Greensboro, N.C.; and Crown Lift Trucks of Houston.
Safety first. Con-way Freight has been honored by three state trucking associations for exemplary safety performance. The Kansas Motor Carriers Association awarded Conway Freight-Central the Great West Safety Award for outstanding achievement in highway safety. The award recognizes the safety record of Con-way's 240-plus drivers in Kansas. In Ohio, Con-way Freight-Central driver sales representative Bruce Early was honored as Driver of the Month by the Ohio Trucking Association. Early has worked for Conway for 22 years. And in New York, the New York State Motor Truck Association awarded Con-way Freight-Central a first-place safety award in the Large Class Division.
Exel-ent. The Global Institute of Logistics, an organization of logisticians and supply chain professionals from the global business community, has bestowed its Award of Excellence on Exel for "outstanding contribution to the development of global supply chain excellence." Exel, a large contract logistics service provider, is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post World Net. Exel received the organization's award for conducting a study seeking to establish how leading companies incorporate supply chain management into their China sourcing strategies.
Murphy's law. Richard Murphy Jr., president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Murphy Warehouse Co., has been given the William K. Smith Distinguished Service Award from the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies. The award honors professionals in the freight transportation and logistics field for leadership and contributions to the education of future leaders in private-sector freight transportation.