Tyson Foods Inc (NYSE: TSN) has named 18 of its vendor carriers as Premier Carriers of the Year for 2013. This is the second year the company has selected carriers for the honor.

“These carriers are completely focused on who and what they want to be; they understand our business and place a premium on service,” said Bryan McDuffie, director of Tyson’s contract carrier division. “What’s more, each of them make sound decisions and have proven their dedication to our company.”

Select carriers were recognized for their continued commitment to Tyson Foods in several key areas: service, communication, safety, innovation, and environmental stewardship. Tyson Foods has relationships with more than 100 carriers.

These carriers received this recognition:

•Comstar Enterprises Ltd of Springdale AR
•Davis Express Inc of Starke FL
•Decker Truck Line Inc of Fort Dodge IA
•Distribution Solutions Inc of Harrison AR
•Heiter Truck Line Inc of Spencer IA
•Heyl Truck Lines Inc of Akron IA
•J S Helwig & Son LLC of Terrell TX
•John Christner Trucking of Sapulpa OK
•Johnson Feed Inc of Canton SD
•K&J Trucking Inc of Sioux Falls SD
•Prime Inc of Springfield MO
•Sharkey Transportation Inc of Quincy IL
•Stevens Transport of Dallas TX
•Sub Zero Transportation Inc of Omaha NE
•TW Transport Refrigerated Service of Cheney WA
•TransX Group of Companies of Winnipeg, Manitoba
•Van Wyk Inc of Sheldon IA
•Zeitner & Sons Inc of Omaha NE

Founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale AR, Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company provides products and services throughout the United States and more than 130 nations. It has about 115,000 employees at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and worldwide.

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