Ryder System, Inc., a provider of commercial transportation and supply chain management services, has surpassed its goal to hire 1,000 military veterans by the end of 2013. 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 number of recently-separated veterans hired in that same time period.
Robert Sanchez, president and CEO of Ryder, believes veterans have skills that make them uniquely qualified to work in transportation and logistics, including intangible qualities 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,” he said. “The distinct logistical, mechanical, management, and teamwork skills learned through military service are a great asset.”
Ryder launched a military recruiting website at www.ryder.com/military to help veterans match their military skills with open positions at Ryder. The company currently has more than 800 job openings across all states in the U.S.