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Miami – Ryder System, Inc. was awarded the Heavy Duty Trucking Sustainability Award at this year’s Fleet Technology Exhibition in Long Beach, California. Ryder is a trailblazer in dedicated transportation, supply chain solutions, and commercial fleet management. The company was chosen to receive the award to recognize its pledge to ecofriendly initiatives within the supply chain and transportation industry.

Ryder, established in 1933, has over than 40-million miles under their belt, more than 4,000 trained service and maintenance employees, and 18 natural gas vehicle maintenance facilities. The company manages crucial logistics and transportation behind the scenes for over than 50,000 customers. This is all accomplished in over 35 million square-feet of facility space, containing 30,000 employees and over 216,000 commercial trucks.

The Fleet Technology Expo is held by Green Fleet, Work Truck, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Automotive Fleet magazine publishers. The event aims to improve operative effectiveness across fleet industries. Ryder was acknowledged for its environmental contributions and overall sustainability efforts.

“This latest recognition reinforces Ryder’s ongoing commitment to assist companies that seek to reduce fuel costs, lower carbon output, and meet their environmental objectives.” said Ryder’s VP of Supply Management and Global Fuel Products, Scott Perry. “When companies outsource their transportation and logistics operations to us, they not only get cost efficiency, but also the benefits of our environmental expertise, infrastructure, and industry leading partnerships.”

Ryder is an industry forerunner in vehicle solutions for natural gas commercial transportation. Ryder’s unique “Flex-to-Green Lease” program encourages a more sustainable fleet. Customers have the advantage of all the service and maintenances benefits of a full-service lease, which also includes substitute vehicles during unpredicted downtime. The program allows companies the option to switch between technologies that best meet their needs. A company can begin with current diesel solutions but has the option to switch to natural gas at a later date. Also, after the first year, businesses that are interested in NGVs can begin with a diesel powered truck and then change to an NGV.