ABX Air Supports Active Duty Employees

WILMINGTON, OH - Nov. 7, 2003 - ABX Air, Inc., is offering its active duty employees assistance in getting home to their families. As those employees are offered two-week furloughs from active duty in the Middle East, ABX has extended the offer to help its reservists called to active military duty get home from their U.S. Military Base.

"Currently we have over 30 active duty employees," said Gene Rhodes, Corporate Director of Human Resources. "This is something we can do to let them and their families know we appreciate their efforts."

From the information available, service members being offered the furloughs will arrive in the states via military transportation and will need to arrange the final leg home on their own. ABX Air can arrange for assistance for its employees for the last part of the trip and to return again to their departure point.


The Blue Star flag flies outside ABX Air headquarters.

"This is just one of the programs we have in place in support of the families of our active duty employees," said Rhodes. "We have established an employee volunteer list - a list of employees who have volunteered to help families with household tasks and emergencies usually managed by the active duty employees themselves." The company has established a toll-free number for families to call to let ABX know what it can do to help out. Early in the summer, ABX got involved with the American Legion, drawing on their experience of what support active duty families usually need.

"Employee interest in doing something - anything - to show support for our troops surfaced early in the conflict and has been constant throughout," added Rhodes. "Our President, Joe Hete, has sent letters to the families of all active duty employees, offering the company's support and recognizing the commitment it takes to serve." The Blue Star flag has been flying at ABX since Sept. 11, 2002, recognizing that we have active duty employees in the service of our country.

"They are protecting our way of life and our opportunity to grow as a business - that touches us on a professional level and a very personal level," said Rhodes.

ABX Air is a cargo airline with a fleet of 115 aircraft that operates out of a privately owned airport in Wilmington, Ohio, and eleven hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity to Airborne, a wholly owned subsidiary of DHL Worldwide Express, ABX Air provides charter and maintenance services to a diverse group of customers. With over 7,400 employees, ABX is the largest employer in a several-county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air