Interstate Distributor Co. And Atlas Work to Reduce Driver Discomfort and Injuries

PRESS RELEASE

Release: Immediate
Date: July 10, 2006
   
Media Contacts:  
James Landsman
Atlas Ergonomics
P. (616) 844-6322
jlandsman@atlasergo.com

Tacoma, WA and Grand Haven, MI - July 10, 2006 – Interstate Distributor Company (Tacoma, WA) announced today that it will work with Atlas Ergonomics (Grand Haven, MI) in an innovative, multi-phase initiative to maximize the comfort, health and safety of Interstate’s 3,000 truck drivers.

The two organizations will implement Atlas’ proven technology to help drivers reduce discomfort, fatigue, and the risk of injury by using existing seat and steering column adjustments to their fullest potential.  Atlas will provide the technology, infrastructure and training to enable Interstate’s safety personnel to work directly with their drivers.

“Drivers are the foundation of our business,” stated Tammy Warn, Vice President of Risk Management for Interstate.  “We already invest in world-class seating to help our drivers, but until now, we have not realized the full benefit of our investment.  When we reviewed the discomfort reduction data obtained from thousands of drivers within the industry, the decision to work with Atlas was clear.  Working with Atlas each driver will understand how to customize seat and steering column settings to minimize the impact of the road on their bodies.”

Ms. Warn went on to say, “Our strategy is two-fold.  Our team will first drive down general discomfort through the training and fitting process.  We will then monitor the discomfort of our drivers on an ongoing basis and work with those drivers who still have discomfort.  We will provide support before an injury occurs, helping our drivers and the company perform better.”

Interstate and Atlas are currently in the planning and preparation phase. Implementation of the initiative is scheduled to start in early September with primary results expected in April 2007.    

About Interstate Distributor Co.

Headquartered in Tacoma, WA, Interstate Distributor Co. is a leader in the transportation industry. With terminal and yard facilities located in all major markets throughout the United States, Western Canada and the Mexican border industry, IDC has grown to establish a national presence in the transportation industry. Established in 1933, IDC currently has over 3,000 employees and continues to grow. For more information visit Interstate Distributor Co. at www.intd.com.

About Atlas Ergonomics, LLC

Atlas Ergonomics, LLC is a leading ergonomic service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of work related injuries within industrial, office, and commercial driver environments.  Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective.  Atlas Ergonomics provides turnkey support through a nationwide network of providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology.  Atlas Ergonomics is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at www.atlasergo.com.