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ABF Joins the Crew of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION

Fort Smith, Arkansas (September 21, 2004) —

ABF Freight System, Inc., has joined the crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, providing freight transportation and logistical support for this unique home improvement series.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is broadcast Sundays at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network. Each episode features an entire house being completely renovated in seven days by a team of designers and craftsmen directed by team leader and carpenter Ty Pennington.

“Put together one very run-down house, a deserving family, several opinionated designers, seven days and what do you get? The answer is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” says Marsha Smith, ABC Television Network Media Relations.

The show chronicles the production team's effort to transform the homes of deserving families confronting difficult circumstances: a man called into service in Iraq must leave his wife and three sons behind in a recently purchased fixer-upper house; a freak storm floods the home of a selfless humanitarian of modest means; a couple with two young children learn they have triplets on the way.

An upcoming episode includes the difficult task of razing a family's house and building a new one from the foundation up. The mother had been killed by a gang member's stray bullet, prompting the oldest son to take in his five siblings. Since he and his wife already had four young children of their own, he moved the 11-member family into a major fixer-upper built in 1905. Another upcoming episode features the three-bedroom house of a widower who cares for eight children, ages six to 18.

“Everyone at ABF applauds the altruistic aspects of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” says ABF President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Davidson. “Naturally, we're very proud to provide freight transportation and logistical support for production of the show.”

Established in 1923, ABF is one of North America's largest and most experienced motor carriers, with direct service to all 50 states, nine Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico. In addition to its broad service to Mexico, the carrier offers service to 250 ports in more than 130 countries worldwide. Via its TimeKeeper service, ABF provides guaranteed expedited service for time-critical and time-definite shipments.

ABF's safety, security and freight-handling performance has been consistently recognized as best-in-class. Acknowledging this performance, the ATA presented ABF with the 2004 Excellence in Security Award. In 2003, ABF was awarded the President's Trophy for safety by the ATA, for an unprecedented fifth time. ABF has also been a Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST) approved carrier to and from Canada since 2003. During the past decade, 99 percent of all shipments handled by ABF have moved without a loss or damage claim. In 2001, the ATA selected ABF as the top LTL motor carrier both in claims/loss prevention and in security, the first such dual award of its kind. In 2002, ABF was again selected by the ATA as the top LTL motor carrier in claims/loss prevention. Recognized by CIO magazine as one of the Top 100 Agile Companies for 2004, the company's Web site, abf.com, has also been ranked among the best 50 of all sites by CIO magazine and top 10 Web sites by BtoB magazine.

ABF is the largest subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS).

Contact: Mr. Russ Aikman, director of marketing & public relations
Telephone: (479) 785-8913