Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal with More Than 1,000 Hires
- Increases percentage of veterans in its U.S. workforce from 8% to 10% -
MIAMI -- March 21, 2013
Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial transportation and supply
chain management solutions, has surpassed its goal to hire 1,000 military
veterans by the end of 2013. The company beat its goal by the end of February,
a full 10 months ahead of schedule. Ryder made its pledge in November 2011 as
part of the company’s involvement in Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on enhancing collaboration between the
public and private sectors to help veterans and military spouses find
The more than 1,000 former military service men and women are working for
Ryder in a variety of roles including as truck drivers, diesel mechanics,
warehouse employees, and other professional positions. Since joining Hiring
Our Heroes in November 2011, Ryder has increased the percentage of veterans in
its almost 23,000 employee U.S. workforce from 8 percent to 10 percent. The
company has also doubled the amount of recently-separated veterans hired in
that same time period.
“Ryder has been one of our great supporters since Hiring Our Heroes was just
getting off the ground,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.),
executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “They are proven leaders in their
commitment to hire returning servicemen and women and are great examples for
the rest of the private sector to follow. This is a tremendous achievement for
Ryder, and we applaud them for increasing the number of veterans in their
Veterans have skills that make them uniquely qualified to work in
transportation and logistics, and also bring other intangible qualities to the
table, such as leadership, loyalty, and hard work.
“Attracting and developing the best talent in our industry is one of Ryder’s
strategic priorities, and hiring talented military veterans is an important
part of this effort,” said Robert Sanchez, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Ryder. “As a leader in transportation and logistics, we recognize
the unique abilities and character inherent in military personnel. The
distinct logistical, mechanical, management, and teamwork skills learned
through military service are a great asset to our organization.”
Ryder has long benefited from hiring military veterans throughout its history.
Since stepping up its recruiting effort with the Hiring Our Heroes program,
the company has implemented a number of new initiatives.
*Launching a new military recruiting website at www.ryder.com/military to
help veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at
*Attending more than 50 military career fairs hosted by the U.S. Chamber’s
Hiring Our Heroes program.
*Establishing a 20-plus member veteran hiring task force.
*Focusing efforts on customizing on-boarding, training, and development
practices to better meet the needs of veterans transitioning to civilian
Ryder is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Employment
The company currently has more than 800 job openings across all states in the
U.S. For more information about Ryder’s recruiting initiatives, read the
company’s latest Corporate Sustainability Report. To find and apply for jobs
at Ryder, visit the company’s online career site at www.ryder.jobs.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain
management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow
Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound
Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics
provider and green supply chain partner. The company has also been ranked
three years in a row as one of the top 250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek
Green Rankings. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top
companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply
chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red
Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster
preparedness and response efforts. The company is a past recipient of the
Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above
and Beyond Award – Ryder was honored by the ESGR, an agency of the Department
of Defense, for its outstanding service and continuing support to the National
Guard and Reserve. For more information, visit www.ryder.com and follow us on
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Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements and information
included in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and
are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, these
forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the
many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to
differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those
risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for
management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such
risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly
update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events, or otherwise.
Ryder System, Inc.
Cindy Haas, 305-500-4526
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