Atlas Ergonomics Brings Interstate Distributors Fast, Significant Decrease in Driver Claims, Discomfort

Grand Haven, MI, October 21, 2007 --( Within 9 months of working with drivers, Workers' Compensation claims dropped 22% and severe driver discomfort was cut by nearly half, according to Interstate Distributor Company of Tacoma WA and Atlas Ergonomics of Grand Haven MI.

The process started one year ago, when Interstate and Atlas began working together to implement Atlas' innovative technology. The technology helps drivers focus on proper use of existing seat and steering column adjustments, to avoid discomfort and the risk of injury.

As of June 30, 2007, approximately 50% of the Interstate fleet of 3,000 drivers had completed implementation of the Atlas program. Surveys of participating drivers indicated a 45% drop in individuals experiencing high or extreme levels of discomfort.

More importantly, Interstate realized a 22% reduction in Workers' Compensation claims for sprains and strains. Correspondingly, the company enjoyed a 44% reduction in claim costs, and a 22% reduction in the average cost per claim.

"Driver participation in the program is voluntary and, frankly, it started out slower than we expected," stated Tammy Warn, Vice President of Risk Management for Interstate. "However, as our drivers used the technology and felt the difference, interest in the service increased significantly.

"With only an estimated 50% implementation rate through June, we were surprised by the financial impact. In short, we have seen a payback on our initial investment in roughly four to five months."

Ms. Warn went on to say, "The system is simple to implement and more effective than originally anticipated. Both our drivers and our bottom line have felt its impact."

Interstate plans to continue implementation with the balance of the fleet over the next number of months.

About Interstate Distributor Co.
Headquartered in Tacoma, WA, Interstate Distributor Co. is a leader in the transportation industry. With terminal and yard facilities located in all major markets throughout the United States, Western Canada and the Mexican border industry, IDC has grown to establish a national presence in the transportation industry. Established in 1933, IDC currently has over 3,000 employees and continues to grow. For more information visit Interstate Distributor Co. at

About Atlas Ergonomics, LLC
Atlas Ergonomics, LLC is a leading ergonomic service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of work related injuries within industrial, office, commercial transportation, public transit, and healthcare environments. Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective. Atlas Ergonomics provides turnkey support through a nationwide network of providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas Ergonomics is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at

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