SOURCE: Ryder System, Inc.

August 27, 2007 08:15 ET

Ryder Honors 2007 "Top Technicians in Nation"

Seven Finalists to Represent Ryder at 2007 TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced the winners of its 2007 Top Technician Recognition Program. The title of "National Top Technician" was awarded to Michael Bogard of Neenah, Wis., along with keys to a new, fully loaded GMC pick-up truck. Christopher Barnett of Hebron, Ky. was the runner-up and Jimmie Slusher of Gray, Tenn., finished in third place. Ryder's top seven technicians, who had advanced through earlier rounds, participated in a National competition which consisted of 10 rigorous, hands-on skill tests including vehicle electronics, preventive maintenance and air conditioning. All seven finalists received cash prizes for their stellar performance.

"Ryder takes great pride in its technicians and the quality of workmanship they provide to our customers," said Ryder Vice President of Maintenance Ty Cross. "These top-performing technicians have surpassed Ryder's stringent operational and safety standards and have proven themselves to be among the nation's 'best of the best.' I am honored that they are part of Team Ryder and proud to have them represent us at the 2007 TMC SuperTech."

As a result of their success in the Company's internal recognition program, the "Magnificent Seven" will represent Team Ryder at the 2007 TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition. The following seven Ryder technicians will compete against the industry's best technicians in Nashville, Tenn., beginning September 24:

Ryder's Team for 2007 TMC SuperTech:

    
--  Christopher Barnett (Hebron, Ky.)
--  Michael Bogard (Neenah, Wis.)
--  Doug Bybee (Grand Junction, Colo.)
--  Charlie Cichonski (Allentown, Pa.)
--  Carl Cockerham (Monroe, Ohio)
--  Rick Grivel (Phoenix, Ariz.)
--  Jimmie Slusher (Gray, Tenn.)
    
"For nearly 75 years, Ryder has been providing its customers with safe and reliable transportation solutions. Our team of technicians has been and continues to be a key component of our ability to help our customers operate safely with maximum uptime. We thank our technicians for their dedication and hard work, and congratulate our 2007 Top Tech winners," said Robert Sanchez, Executive Vice President of Operations, U.S. Fleet Management Solutions.


The Ryder Top Technician Recognition Program is an annual program designed to identify, recognize and reward Ryder's top performing technicians. Technicians who are eligible to participate for the national award are selected from Ryder's team of nearly 4,600 U.S.-based technicians. The program highlights the value Ryder places on its technicians, the importance of their technical training for ensuring quality maintenance of the Company's fleet of more than 165,000 vehicles and commitment to quality customer service for Ryder's 16,000 customers. The criteria for this award include technical training qualifications, outstanding customer service performance and quality workmanship.

                                      About Ryder
Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Ryder ranks 362nd on the Fortune 500 and 1,458th on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit www.ryder.com.


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