Ryder Exceeds Veteran Recruiting Goal with More Than 1,000 Hires

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--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ryder System, Inc. (NYS: 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 meaningful employment.

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 workforce."

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 Ryder.
  • 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 jobs.

Ryder is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Veterans Employment Advisory Council.

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.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYS: 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 Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:Certain statements and information included in this news releaseare "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.
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