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March 4, 2009
Saia Honored with Three Prestigious Awards

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of three prestigious customer recognition awards for the company's 2008 performance. Unishippers Global Logistics LLC named Saia its Strategic Carrier Partner of the Year; Beauty Systems Group (BSG), a division of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. selected Saia as its Outbound Carrier of the Year; and Lowe's recognized Saia with their "Bronze Team Award" for its GAP Performance.

Unishippers is a leading shipping advisor with over 270 franchises and 100,000 customers. They provide small and medium-sized businesses with shipping services by leveraging the combined volume of freight of all our customers. As the largest full-service beauty supplier in the world, BSG is a network of stores and professional sales consultants selling exclusive professional salon brands to licensed beauty professionals. Now covering most of the United States and Canada, BSG represents some of the industry's most important professional salon brands. Founded in 1946, Lowe's is the country's second largest home improvement retailer and is #48 on the Fortune 500. The company operates more than 1,650 stores in the United States and Canada. Lowe's is planning to open its first stores in Mexico this year.

"These awards are a validation of the great service our employees provide our customers each and every day," said Saia President and CEO Rick O'Dell. "We are very excited about all three of these partnerships and are honored that Unishippers, BSG, and Lowe's recognized our efforts last year on their behalf. These three awards help further Saia's drive to become a best-in-class carrier."

Saia ended the fourth quarter of 2008 with 97.4% on-time service. The company ended January 2009 with 98% on-time service.

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is a less-than-truckload provider of regional, interregional and guaranteed services covering 34 states. Saia is home to the industry-leading Xtreme Guarantee product, which guarantees total customer satisfaction from pick-up through invoicing. Saia offers complete North American coverage through partner agreements. With headquarters in Johns Creek, Ga., and a network of 148 terminals, the carrier employs 7,800 people. For more information on Saia, visit the Saia Web site at www.saia.com.