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TNT Distribution Services breaks ground on new facility.

BOLINGBROOK, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 1995--TNT Distribution Services, a logistics subsidiary of TNT Freightways, broke ground recently for a new state-of-the-art automated sortation facility being built on 18 acres in Bolingbrook, a suburb of Chicago.

TNT Distribution Services specializes in assembly, consolidation and distribution operations for mass market retailers and manufacturers using multisourced components. The $9 million project, which will replace the company's former location in McCook, Illinois, was designed by Heitman Architects and is being constructed by The FCL/Stava Group.

According to Mike Schaal, President and CEO of TNT Distribution Services, the 100,000 square-foot facility will be equipped with an automated freight handling system able to serve 70 individual sort lanes simultaneously. Said Schaal, "Using advanced bar-code-scanning technology, our new facility will sort product for delivery in a fraction of the time required by manual methods, reducing trailer unloading time from four hours to 29 minutes with a high degree of accuracy." He continued, "Product from multiple sources can also be effectively merged into cost-effective single deliveries using this system."

Attending the ceremony was Bolingbrook Mayor, Roger C. Claar. According to the mayor, TNT Distribution Services will bring 100 employees with them and foresee 50 new jobs created within the next two years. He stated, "I am delighted that TNT Distribution Services has selected Bolingbrook as the new home for their facility."

TNT Freightways Corporation (NASDAQ:TNTF) operates a group of regional less-than-truckload general commodities motor carriers in the United States. These regional trucking subsidiaries provide overnight and second-day delivery service throughout the United States and into Canada. The Company's logistics subsidiaries, TNT Contract Logistics and TNT Distribution Services, provide complete solutions to customers' logistics and distribution requirements. The Company's truckload subsidiary, Comet Transport, provides premium, long-haul, sleeper-team service between major markets in the United States.

CONTACT: TNT Freightways

Ken Ball, 708/696-0200
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