Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old Dominion Debuts North Carolina’s Third Largest Rooftop Solar Array System

THOMASVILLE, North Carolina (Sept. 24, 2012) – Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. today unveiled the third largest roof mounted solar panel photovoltaic (PV) system in the state of North Carolina.

Old Dominion showed off the 1.8 megawatt system during an open house event attended by David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion; North Carolina State Rep. Ruth Samuelson; U.S. Rep. Howard Coble; and SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul. The event was held in conjunction with SunEnergy1, the contractor that built the system at Old Dominion’s Vault Logistics warehouse located four miles from the company’s corporate headquarters.

The system of 7,660 individual solar panels completely covers the warehouse’s 160,000-square-foot roof. The system, which has been operating since late December, can produce more than 2.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year ? enough to offset more than 90 percent of the building’s annual energy costs (or power 200 houses annually).

“Old Dominion has made a promise to customers, shareholders and employees alike to enhance our corporate sustainability efforts,” Congdon said. “As we continue our rapid global expansion, it is increasingly important for us to be mindful of our company’s impact on the environment. We’re always exploring ways to reduce our carbon footprint – because our commitment to sustainability is another promise we will keep.”

In addition to the solar panel installation, Old Dominion has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives in its facilities over the past few years.

Old Dominion has installed more energy-efficient bulbs in 80 percent of its lighting systems at company service centers nationwide as well as adopting industry-leading technologies to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency for its fleet of more than 5,800 tractors. Last year, the company also opened its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified service center, a facility located in Canton, Ohio.
About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL service and value-added logistics services. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers its customers a broad range of logistics services including ground and air expedited transportation, supply chain consulting, transportation management, truckload brokerage, container delivery, warehousing and consumer household moving services. Through marketing and carrier relationships, the Company also offers door-to-door international freight services to and from all of North America, Central America, South America and the Far East. For more than 78 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises. In 2012, the company was named as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine and ranked as the No. 1 National LTL carrier by Mastio & Company as part of the company’s 2011 Value and Loyalty Benchmarking Study. More information can be found at