Ryder System celebrates 75 years in business

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Ryder System on Friday, Nov. 7, celebrated its 75 years in business at its headquarters in northwestern Miami-Dade, Fla. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, former Miami Dolphins player Nat Moore and local business leaders joined Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton and company employees in celebrating Ryder’s milestone anniversary.

Swienton welcomed guests and introduced a video presentation showcasing historic images of Ryder’s origins in 1933, growth throughout the decades, pioneering work in each of its market segments, and current global presence in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Ryder Charitable Foundation then presented Moore, founder of The Nat Moore Foundation, with a $5,000 check for his foundation’s efforts promoting higher education for youth living in urban communities.

“This day is meant to celebrate those who have played such an integral part in our success over the years — our employees, our customers, our suppliers and our community,” Swienton said. “We thank them for helping us to continue delivering on our promises.”

Ryder’s roots trace back to the days of the Great Depression in 1933, when a teenager named Jim Ryder made a $35 down-payment on a used 1931 Ford Model A truck to haul concrete in Miami Beach. Today, Ryder is a $6.6 billion business with more than 28,000 employees providing transportation and supply chain management solutions to more than 15,000 customers worldwide.