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Toyota recognizes BNSF for logistics excellence

BNSF Railway Co. has been named the 2015 recipient of the President's Award for Logistics Excellence by Toyota Logistics Services for the second consecutive year, the Class I announced yesterday.

Left to right: D'Anne Duclos, Daniel Meyers, Aaron Lakey, Katie Farmer and Dave Fleenor, all of BNSF; and Lee Hobgood and Missy Pearlman, both of Toyota Logistics Services.

The award is Toyota's highest honor given to suppliers that demonstrate combined excellence in quality, customer service and on-time performance, according to a BNSF press release.

This year, Toyota praised BNSF for achieving a 25 percent improvement over 2014's on-time performance. The railroad also received Toyota Logistics Services' Logistics Excellence Award for on-time performance.

Last year, BNSF handled nearly 400,000 Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles throughout the United States and Canada. The Class I is a leader in the U.S. rail industry with one of the lowest damage rates, delivering 99.80 percent of Toyota vehicles damage-free through quality measures taken at automotive facilities, along with its train-handling procedures, BNSF officials said.

"We remain focused on ensuring all vehicles reach their destination on time and damage-free, and the President's Award is an acknowledgement of how hard our employees work to provide remarkable service to our automotive customers," said Dave Fleenor, BNSF assistant vice president for automotive marketing.

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