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ANR FREIGHT SYSTEM EARNS TORO'S "EXCELLENCE IN DISTRIBUTION AWARD"

 GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) of Minneapolis has honored ANR Freight System, Inc. with the company's "Excellence in Distribution Award" for 1993. ANR Freight System is a subsidiary of The Coastal Corporation.
 In presenting the award to ANR Freight System, Toro's director of distribution, Keith Clark said, "The Excellence in Distribution Award exemplifies outstanding all-around performance by a carrier or vendor and ties directly into Toro's Total Quality Process which encourages long-term supplier partnerships and continuous improvement in how we serve our customers.
 "We need these customer-driven carriers and vendors more than they need us," he said.
 Clark said the selection process is unique in that carriers and vendors are nominated for this high honor by Toro employees with whom they work on a day-to-day basis. To qualify, the nominee must demonstrate superior performance against Toro's stated requirements.
 Toro said ANR Freight was one of three LTL carriers nationwide selected to receive this award under the company's expanded recognition program. The initial program, established in 1987 as The Toro Certified Carrier Program for truckload carriers only, was extended in 1993 to include all carriers and vendors associated with Toro's physical distribution function.
 Larry Jouett, chief operating officer of ANR Freight, said that this award for excellence marks the fifth such award for outstanding service earned by ANR Freight in as many months. ANR Freight System has 41 terminals serving 19 states.
 The Coastal Corporation (NYSE: CGP) is a Houston-based holding company. Coastal has consolidated assets of more than $10 billion and subsidiary operations in natural gas marketing, transmission and storage, oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, coal, chemicals, trucking and independent power production.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Eames, 713-877-6733, or Will Osterloh, 713-877- 6732, both of The Coastal Corporation/
 (TTC CGP)


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