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Ryder Reports Significant Progress on Veteran Hiring

Ahead of schedule to hire 1,000 veterans by end of 2013

November 7, 2012
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As a leader in transportation and logistics for nearly 80 years, Ryder has long benefitted from hiring military veterans, drawing upon their unique skills and leadership qualities.
-Greg Swienton

Ryder System Inc., a leader in commercial transportation and supply chain management solutions, is reporting significant progress on its efforts to hire more military veterans. Since making a pledge in November 2011 to hire 1,000 veterans by the end of 2013, Ryder has already hired more than 700 former military service men and women in a variety of roles including truck drivers, diesel mechanics, warehouse employees, and other professional positions.

Currently, 8 percent of Ryder System’s overall U.S. workforce is made up of veterans and employees actively serving in the National Guard and reserve, and 15 percent of the company’s external hires in 2012 have been military veterans.

“Ryder currently has more than 900 job openings across all states in the U.S., and we’d like to fill many of those positions with talented military veterans,” said Kirk Imhof, Ryder’s Group Director of Staffing and former First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence Corps. “While hiring and credentialing barriers remain, the industry has made enormous progress with the signing of the Military Commercial Drivers License Act that will ease the transition of recent veterans into jobs as commercial truck drivers.”

In addition to its progress in hiring more veterans, Ryder has also renewed its commitment to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Veterans Employment Advisory Council once again in 2013. The Council was established as part of the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program, an initiative focused on enhancing collaboration between the public and private sectors to improve career opportunities for veterans.

Reinforcing the company’s commitment to hire more military veterans, Ryder successfully implemented a number of key initiatives in 2012, including:

  • Launching a new military recruiting website at to help veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at Ryder.
  • Attending 40 military career fairs hosted by the U.S. Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
  • Strengthening its 20-plus member veteran hiring task force by focusing efforts on customizing on-boarding, training, and development practices to better meet the needs of veterans transitioning to civilian jobs.

“As a leader in transportation and logistics for nearly 80 years, Ryder has long benefitted from hiring military veterans, drawing upon their unique skills and leadership qualities,” said Greg Swienton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryder. “We are thankful for the tremendous sacrifices of the men and women serving our nation and are proud to support their transition back into the workforce by recruiting them for jobs at Ryder.”

For more information about Ryder’s recruiting initiatives, read the company’s latest Corporate Sustainability Report at

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