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Sears Names Crowley a Partner in Progress for Fourth Consecutive Year

(Jacksonville, Fla.; July 14, 2006) – Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services group has been named a Sears Partner in Progress for a fourth consecutive year. The 2005 award recognizes Crowley’s quality ocean cargo transportation services provided to Sears between the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean.

The prestigious Partner in Progress awards are presented annually to a select group of supplier companies that have provided Sears, Roebuck and Co. with quality products and services, from apparel, appliances and tools to marketing, transportation services and technology. More than 10,000 sources competed for this award in 2005.

Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, along with Jorge Estevez, vice president of sales and marketing, and John Kelley, area sales manager, accepted the award on Crowley’s behalf during a recent event held at Sears Holdings Corporation’s headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

“Being repeatedly acknowledged for this award is indicative of Crowley’s dedication to consistent, high-quality service, as well as to our commitment of building and maintaining customer partnerships built on reliability and trust.” Grune said. “I am very pleased to have accepted this award on behalf of all the Crowley employees who work so diligently every day to make this type of recognition a reality.”

Started more than 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes suppliers that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers. The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears employees who purchase goods and services for the company.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation, is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,400 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes approximately 870 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through,, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands’ End among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck Web site at or the Sears Holdings Corporation Web site at

About Sears Holdings Corporation

Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation’s third largest broadline retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, and with approximately 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands’ End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. For more information, visit Sears Holdings’ Web site at

About Crowley

Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily a family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of four operating lines of business: liner services; logistics services; petroleum services and marine services. Other services provided within these business lines include contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at

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