Toyota honors Ryder at ceremony in Japan

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Ryder System Inc. announced today, June 9, that it was presented with the 2007 Regional Contribution Award for its overall performance in providing Toyota with world-class logistics services in North and South America. The award was presented by Katsuaki Watanabe, president of Toyota Motor Corp., at a ceremony during its recent Supplier Convention in Nagoya, Japan.

The Regional Contribution Award is one of Toyota’s most prestigious supplier honors. Ryder says it was the only supplier in the Americas to receive the regional award for significantly contributing to Toyota’s quality and success in both North and South America. In 1987, Toyota selected Ryder as its first North American logistics provider for its plant in Georgetown, Ky. Today, Ryder provides logistics services for Toyota operations in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia, as well as in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Mexico.

“I was extremely honored to personally accept this recognition from Toyota on behalf of all of the Ryder employees who support Toyota’s business operations throughout the Americas,” says Greg Swienton, chairman and chief executive officer of Miami-based Ryder. “Toyota is a highly valued customer which continues to demonstrate global leadership in providing quality products and developing efficient operational processes. We are proud to contribute to Toyota’s quality reputation and performance, and look forward to building on the success of our longstanding relationship.”