Ryder celebrates 75th anniversary

Nov. 10, 2008
Ryder System Inc. recently celebrated its 75 years in business and its success story as one of the most recognized brands in transportation and logistics at its headquarters in northwestern Miami-Dade FL.

Ryder System Inc. recently celebrated its 75 years in business and its success story as one of the most recognized brands in transportation and logistics at its headquarters in northwestern Miami-Dade FL. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, former Miami Dolphins player Nat Moore, and local business leaders joined Ryder Chairman and CEO Greg Swienton and company employees in celebrating the milestone anniversary.

The anniversary celebration commenced with the presentation of colors by the U.S. Southern Command Joint Service Color Guard. Swienton welcomed guests and introduced a video presentation showcasing historic images of Ryder’s origins in 1933, growth throughout the decades, work in each of its market segments, and current global presence.

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. Two scholarships of $2,500 each were awarded to local students Jespere Jean and Rokeshia Ashley of Miami Edison Senior High, the alma mater of both Moore and Ryder founder Jim Ryder, who graduated from Edison in 1932.

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 Fortune 500 business with more than 28,000 employees providing transportation and supply chain management systems to more than 15,000 customers in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

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