ABX Air Recognizes Excellent Attendance

1,097 Employees Earn Excellent Attendance Recognition

WILMINGTON, Ohio - March 12, 2007 - Over 1,000 ABX Air (NASDAQ:ABXA) employees were recognized recently for excellent attendance in 2006. Five have earned excellent attendance recognition for at least 20 consecutive years.


Over 1,000 ABX employees were recognized recently for excellent attendance.

"You are an outstanding group of people," Joe Hete, President and CEO of ABX Air, told the group. "You are part of the best team there is."

Employees earn excellent attendance status by missing no more than one scheduled shift throughout the year. Employees with three or more consecutive years of excellent attendance are invited to attend a recognition banquet. Over 300 employees were eligible for the banquet this year - a nice dinner event including a guest for each employee and personal recognition for his or her achievements.

"We had a great response for the banquet again this year," said Loree Fauley, event organizer. The tropical theme set the mood for a relaxing and fun evening.


Elmer Webster achieved 25 years of excellent attendance at ABX before his recent retirement.

The annual event is attended by many of the executives. Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance Terry Scherz shared his thoughts on the roomful of employees being honored. "Our first several attendance award banquets were held in half of our break room in Hangar 1005. It's come a long way."

As years of excellent attendance accumulate, the attendees at the banquet get to know the others. The retiring employee holding the longest (so far) record for excellent attendance with 25 years, Elmer Webster, received a standing ovation from the crowd. "Betty Smith, you're next," he decreed, passing the torch to the next most senior excellent attendee (21 years).

Employees who work at one of the many ABX Air locations around the U.S. are also eligible for the recognition and are offered the opportunity for dinner out near their location.

The Excellent Attendance Program supports the ABX Air values - highlighting that Our People are vitally important to its success. The employees recognized by the program also demonstrate the ABX Values of Teamwork, Quality and Customer Service.

"I just can't say enough about how great this group is," said Tom Poynter, Senior Vice President of Ground Operations. "I've been involved with this event since we started it, and it truly is wonderful way to recognize excellence among our employees."

Topping off the evening, all employees attending the banquet were entered into a drawing for five $1,000 prizes as well as numerous door prizes.

ABX Air is a cargo airline that operates out of Wilmington, Ohio, and 17 hubs throughout the United States. In addition to providing airlift capacity and sort facility staffing to DHL, ABX Air provides charter, maintenance and package handling services to a diverse group of customers. ABX is the largest employer in a several-county area in southwestern Ohio.

For more information, contact ABX Air.