Shaffer and Sunflower will merge

| 12/30/2002

Shaffer Trucking Inc. of New Kingstown, PA, and its sister company, Sunflower Carriers of York, NE, will merge on Jan. 1. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the two fleets, part of the Acklie Cos., will combine under the Shaffer name.

The Acklie Companies, comprised of Crete Carrier Corporation, Shaffer Trucking, Sunflower Carriers, HTL Truck Line and Hunt Transportation are one of the largest privately held asset-based trucking and logistics companies in the country. Collectively, the Acklie Companies operate more than 5,000 power units and 12,000 trailers including dry vans, reefers and flatbeds serving all 48 states, Canada and Mexico.

The two companies that will merge specialize in refrigerated trailers. They will keep their respective headquarters but will share dispatching responsibilities. Chairman Duane Acklie does not anticipate employment changes.