Ryder to manage logistics for new Toyota plant

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Ryder System — a provider of supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions — has announced it has been awarded a contract by Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America to support the automaker’s new assembly plant in San Antonio, providing lead logistics management and operations services from supplier and network facility locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Utilizing logistics planners, 180 drivers and a fleet of nearly 270 vehicles, Ryder also will provide the pickup of parts from five states in the Mid-South and Southwestern United States and all deliveries to the San Antonio production facility. Production will begin in late 2006 at this facility, which has the capacity to produce 200,000 Tundra pickup trucks.

Ryder was Toyota’s first North American logistics provider, selected in 1987 for the Georgetown, Ky. plant. Today, Ryder provides logistics services for Toyota at locations in Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, California, West Virginia, Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Ryder also provides in-house logistics design services at Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America’s headquarters in Erlanger, Ky.

“Ryder is extremely pleased to continue its strong partnership with Toyota,” says Vicki O’Meara, Ryder president of U.S. supply chain solutions. “We look forward to continually improving the operations and quality processes we execute that drive efficiencies and value for Toyota and its customers.”