Saia Establishes Employee Foundation

Company will assist personnel impacted by disasters and other hardships

JOHNS CREEK, GA, Dec. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Saia, Inc. has established the Saia Employee Relief Foundation, Inc. in order to provide assistance to employees who have been directly affected by a natural disaster or who have had some type of unexpected hardship.

“The catalyst for the foundation’s creation was Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which had a detrimental impact on Saia personnel,” said Saia President and CEO Rick O’Dell. “We employ nearly 400 people in the areas that were most devastated by the storms and the flooding.”

The foundation’s goal is to assist employees with getting back on their feet as quickly as possible by providing funds or goods to ensure that they have basic necessities. Those who have a need simply fill out an application and a selection committee reviews the application to make a determination.

“Saia has historically provided support to employees, but we’ve never had a process or program in place until now,” stated O’Dell. “Aside from assisting employees, we’ve also always provided monetary and ancillary assistance to a number of wonderful organizations around the country. Our new foundation is simply an extension of this outreach.”

During the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in addition to shipping smaller loads of food and supplies at the request of other organizations and customers, Saia transported 66 pallets of donated food and items from Shreveport, La. to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, Texas for the Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel & Casino, which is owned by Caesars Entertainment. Saia’s terminals in Florida also collected supplies such as diapers, canned goods, batteries, pet food and cleaning supplies that were sent to help in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Saia’s third quarter financial results reported revenues of $350 million, which was 10.6 percent higher over the same time period last year. LTL shipments per workday along with tonnage and LTL weight per shipment all rose during the quarter. Today, the company is ranked as the ninth largest less-than-truckload carrier in the United States.

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA), with 2016 revenues of $1.2 billion, offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, and logistic services. The company operates 154 terminals in 40 states. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia employs over 9,500 people nationwide. Saia LTL Freight has been recognized by the American Trucking Associations Safety Management Council for its outstanding safety record. For more information on Saia, Inc. or any of the service groups, visit

For more information, contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Public Relations
Phone: 770-232-4069 · E-mail