Saia Receives Two First Place Awards for Safety Record

Company Recognized for the Third Consecutive Year by the ATA Safety Management Council

JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwire - Sep 19, 2012) - Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) announced today that it has been honored with two first place awards for its excellent 2011 safety record at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Safety Management Council's recent Safety and Human Resources National Conference and Exhibition held in Kansas City, Mo.

"Driving safely as we transport our customers' freight is paramount to any other goal we have as a company," said Saia President and CEO Rick O'Dell. "The professionalism and dedication of our drivers is truly outstanding and we are thrilled to again be recognized by the Safety Management Council."

For the third consecutive year, Saia took first place honors in the "General Commodities LTL/Local Division" category. The company also placed first this year in the "General Commodities LTL/Linehaul Division." The ATA presented the awards to Saia at the Truck and Industrial Awards and State Association Recognition Awards Luncheon on September 13.

Saia's commitment to safety includes ongoing employee training, application of the Smith System defensive driving techniques, use of the Iteris Lane Departure Warning System and Bendix Wingman Advanced technology, which assists drivers in preventing collisions, roll-overs, and loss-of-control accidents, as well as participation in the ATA's Safety Council.

"We sincerely appreciate the ATA's recognition as it validates the hard work of our employees as well as the confidence our customers place in our products and service each and every day," stated O'Dell.

About ATA

The ATA is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. The ATA's National Truck and Industrial Safety Contests are the only two national safety programs that recognize the extraordinary safety accomplishments of motor carriers across the United States by operation type and size. The ATA, through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States. For more information, visit

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is a $1 billion corporation offering customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, truckload brokerage and logistic services through three separate but collectively managed entities, the primary of which operates 147 terminals in 34 states and is home to the industry-exclusive Customer Service Indicators and Xtreme Guarantee. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia, Inc. employs 8,200 people nationwide. For more information on Saia, Inc., visit us at

Contact Information:

For more information, contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Communications Coordinator
Phone: 770-232-4069

Pictured from left to right are Saia Line Driver Tom Bathe, Saia City Driver 'Bo' Johnny Dorcy, and Saia Regional Safety Manager Chris Wright. They accepted Saia's two first place awards from the American Trucking Associations' Safety Management Council representative on behalf of the company's 8,200 employees at a luncheon held September 13.