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Summer 2015

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16 A light, steady snowfall peppers the windshield of a winter white-and-chrome semi-trailer truck hauling ultra- low-sulfur diesel as daylight breaks over the Matanuska River some 75 miles west of Glennallen, Alaska. A trim trucker in fire-retardant denim and a navy blue work shirt scans the highway for imminent threats – rogue moose, on-coming traffic, iced roads, etc. All clear. The veteran long hauler behind the wheel of this glistening Kenworth W900 is longtime Crowley employee Glenn Moyer, who, despite his intimate familiarity with Alaska's Glenn Highway, never lets his guard down. "Reaction time with these trucks can be tricky," Moyer says. "Especially when you're doing highway speeds, it takes a little while to stop." Moyer is one of about 80 full-time drivers Crowley employs in Alaska. And collectively, this group of long haulers and local fuel delivery drivers make up about one-third of the company's workforce in the state. Their mission is simple: deliver petroleum products safely, efficiently and on time. It's tackling The Last Frontier that's the hard part. This is how Crowley conquers both. More Aware. Less Complacent. Alaskan weather can be wildly unpredictable and remarkably unforgiving, posing serious risks to drivers and complicating the mission at hand. Coupled with sub-par road conditions, Above: A Crowley fuel delivery truck carrying 12,000 gallons of diesel parked at a roadside rest stop along the Richardson Highway in Paxon, Alaska. (Victor Gonzalez) The backbone of our business is that delivery of fuel the last mile ... We recruit the best drivers. We have the best training system of any of our competitors in Alaska." Service and Safety in The Last Frontier Story by Victor Gonzalez Core Value: SAFETY

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