October 13, 2015 3:22 PM, EDT

EPA Honors Freight Companies With SmartWay Awards

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 13 recognized 11 companies in the freight industry, including Con-way Inc.’s Menlo Logistics, for their environmental efforts.

The companies received the agency’s SmartWay excellence award. The accolade honors businesses that have demonstrated reductions in their carbon footprints. Menlo, a part of XPO Logistics’ pending acquisition, was among the group that also includes Canon USA Inc. and Whirlpool Corp.

“SmartWay partners know that improving freight supply chain efficiency is not only good for business but also good for our shared environment,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These award-winning partners are leaders among their peers, saving fuel, reducing pollution that contributes to climate change and poor air quality, and saving their customers money — a triple play.”

Other recipients included Appleton Coated, Hewlett-Packard, Lowe's Cos., Armada, Bacardi USA Inc., Gorton's, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberly-Clark Corp. and The Home Depot U.S.A. Inc.

Con-way Inc. ranks No. 4 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers. Lowe's is No. 50 on the private TT100 list of North American firms.