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Con-way Truckload Supports Military Veterans with Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program

Company Joins Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs to Create Career Opportunities for Veterans and Reservists

JOPLIN, Mo. - September 24, 2008

Con-way Truckload, a full-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that it has become a participant in the U.S. Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Program, which permits eligible veterans and active members of the Guard and Reserves to receive paid on-the-job training using GI Bill benefits.

Con-way Truckload, a full-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that it has become a participant in the U.S. Department of Labor National Apprenticeship Program, which permits eligible veterans and active members of the Guard and Reserves to receive paid on-the-job training using GI Bill benefits.

The program enables military veterans who choose to start truck driving careers with Con-way Truckload to use their GI Bill benefits to supplement their income in the first year of employment, which is considered an apprentice period during which new drivers fulfill a series of skills qualification, training and safe driving performance milestones as a condition of continued employment. Qualifying veterans or reservists can receive up to an additional $1,000 a month in tax-free GI Bill benefits under this apprenticeship program during their first year with Con-way Truckload. 

All candidates must have a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) and a minimum level of truck driving experience to be considered for entry-level employment with Con-way Truckload. As drivers progress through training and safe driving milestones during their first year, they qualify for pay increases. Upon successful completion of the full-year apprentice program, drivers graduate to the top pay rate.

"Programs like Con-way Truckload's VA Apprenticeship Program go a long way toward improving the state's economy - we need more of these programs and more companies to participate," said Chad Schatz, director of the Veterans Education and Training Section/Missouri State Approving Agency, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. "GI Bill programs also help veterans and their dependents live a better lifestyle and, obviously, they've earned it."

In addition to National Apprenticeship Program participation, Con-way Truckload also offers an accelerated pay increase schedule to veterans with documented military truck driving experience. After the first month, following a successful performance evaluation, the company upgrades their pay level to that of drivers with one year of experience.   

"At Con-way Truckload, we greatly value current and former military employees for their consistently extraordinary work ethic, discipline and dedication," said Herb Schmidt, president, Con-way Truckload. "This program provides a prime opportunity for those candidates to get the financial support to help them embark on a great new career with us, while we benefit from access to this pool of highly desirable new drivers. It is a tremendously valuable program for both military members and U.S. employers."

"Making the transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for many soldiers," said Michael Osborn, a Con-way Truckload driver and veteran of service in the U.S. Air Force. "I consider myself fortunate to work for a company that provides employees with options such as the VA Apprenticeship Program. The supplemental income I received during my training with Con-way Truckload was invaluable to my family during that time."

Con-way Truckload, in conjunction with five accredited truck driving schools, also offers a formalized driver training program for veterans or reservists who want to become professional truck drivers but do not have their CDL and baseline experience.

Veterans or reservists interested in joining Con-way Truckload's apprenticeship program should contact a company recruiter at 866-WORK-4-US (866-967-5487).

The GI Bill was originally enacted in 1944 to assist returning World War II veterans. Congress revamped it in 1984, when it became known as the Montgomery GI Bill.

About Con-way Truckload Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload is an operating company of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) and a leading provider of expedited, time-definite full-truckload transportation services across North America. Formerly Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI), Con-way Truckload today employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,600 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as internationally in Mexico and Canada. The company provides full-truckload transportation serving the transcontinental shipping needs of commercial and industrial businesses as well as sister company Con-way Freight. For more about Con-way Truckload, visit us on the Web at www.con-way.com/truckload or call (800) 641-4747.

Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and global logistics company.
 
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