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SYSCO Honors Suppliers At 2006 Supplier Recognition Dinner


HOUSTON, Jan 24, 2007 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- SYSCO Corporation (NYSE:SYY), North America's largest foodservice marketer and distributor, recently honored six suppliers at its annual Supplier Recognition Dinner held at the opening of SYSCO's Distribution Management Conference.

Honorees included:

  *  TransMontaigne Inc. (Denver) - Transportation 2006 Operations
     Supplier of the Year
  *  International Truck and Engine (Warrenville, IL) -
     Transportation Capital Equipment 2006 Operations Supplier
     of the Year
  *  RefrigiWear Inc. (Dahlonega, GA) - Warehouse 2006 Operations
     Supplier of the Year
  *  Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) - Warehouse
     Capital Equipment 2006 Operations Supplier of the Year
  *  W.W. Grainger Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) - Facilities 2006
     Operations Supplier of the Year
  *  Randall Manufacturing, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) - was presented
     with the President's Award for having achieved the honor
     of Warehouse and Transportation Operations Supplier of the
     Year for the four previous years.

The suppliers were chosen by SYSCO's operations personnel and were graded on their ability to satisfy SYSCO's requirements in a cost effective and efficient manner. Criteria also included elements that measure a supplier's ability to be a good team player, to be flexible, innovative and accurate, to exhibit a high degree of professional ethics and integrity, to provide quality products and services, to be a good communicator and to be "easy to do business with." The six suppliers honored received the highest rating in their category.

TransMontaigne Inc. (Denver) gathers, transports, stores, and markets refined petroleum products, chemicals, and crude oil. The company operates primarily in the Mississippi River corridor and along the Colonial and Plantation pipelines, which run from the Gulf Coast to the eastern US, and through the TEPPCO, Explorer, and other pipeline systems. Through subsidiaries, the company operates a supply, distribution, and marketing network, and provides supply management services. It also manages related terminal, pipeline, tug, and barge businesses. TransMontaigne is a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley Capital.

An affiliate of Navistar International Corp. (NYSE:NAV), International Truck and Engine is a leading producer of medium and heavy trucks for various markets including over-the-road, pickup and delivery, construction, utility and governments. Based in Warrenville, IL, International offers its products, parts and services through a network of nearly 1,000 dealer outlets in North America and from more than 60 dealers in 90 countries throughout the world.

RefrigiWear Inc. is the leading manufacturer of insulated industrial outerwear. For almost fifty years, they have supplied a wide range of industries with the garments and accessories needed to keep workers warm, safe and productive. Located in Dahlonega, GA - about an hour north of Atlanta in the North Georgia Mountains - RefrigiWear quilts, cuts and sews the majority of their garments, bags and covers.

Crown Equipment Corporation (New Bremen, OH) supports customers with a wide selection of electric fork lift trucks ranging from hand pallet trucks to very narrow-aisle (VNA) turret trucks. A strong and extensive global dealer network provides customers with a wide variety of quality material handling products, storage solutions and support services.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. is the leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America. Through its network of nearly 600 branches, 17 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger helps customers save time and money by providing them with the right products to keep their facilities running. They are headquartered in Lake Forest, IL.

Randall Manufacturing, Inc. is a manufacturer of temperature controlled products for use in refrigerated vehicles and industrial and refrigerated warehouse applications. Products manufactured by Randall for refrigerated vehicles include bulkheads, center divide systems, insulated covers and bags, and fully assembled vinyl strip doors and curtains. Randall Manufacturing is located in Elmhurst, IL. For more information about them visit their website at

SYSCO is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. For the fiscal year 2006 that ended July 1, 2006, the company generated $32.6 billion in sales. For more information about SYSCO visit

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SYSCO Corporation
          Toni R. Spigelmyer, Director, Media Relations
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