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ABF FREIGHT SYSTEM TO FORM ALLIANCE WITH BURNHAM SERVICE CORPORATION

 FORT SMITH, Ark., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF Freight System, Inc., a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: ABFS), and Burnham Service Corporation, have announced an alliance which will allow specialized delivery and setup services.
 The alliance services will be from all points served by the ABF system, to any point in the 48 contiguous states. The services are available immediately.
 Officials of both companies said the service is unique and innovative in U.S. transportation history. Utilizing the hookup of electronic services of both companies, it will give customers seamless service between ABF and Burnham. Primary product features will include through-rates, single freight bill containing all freight and setup charges, single-carrier liability, instant electronic shipment tracing from origin to destination, and consistent transit times. With its recent movement into the worldwide market through other alliances, ABF officials said that the new alliance with Burnham will give the motor carrier customer a true one-stop company for almost all of their distribution needs.
 ABF, headquartered in Fort Smith, is the nation's fifth-largest LTL motor carrier with direct service to all 50 states, nine Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico, through a network of 338 terminals. The 58-year-old motor carrier generated revenues in 1992 of approximately $850 million.
 Burnham is headquartered in Columbus, Ga. They reported revenues in 1992 of approximately $200 million. The company is a leading international transportation, distribution, and warehousing specialist which has served both corporate and residential markets with specialized value-added pickups and deliveries for more than 70 years. Burnham maintains fully mobilized company-owned distribution facilities in 25 major markets which service the entire United States.
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 /CONTACT: John T. Greer, director-Public Relations and Advertising of ABF Freight System, 501-785-8737/
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CO: ABF Freight System, Inc.; Burnham Service Corporation; Arkansas
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