WIT highlights gender diversity in road transport industry

US industry supports female participation.

The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) has named the recipients of the 2020 ‘Top Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation’ award.

WIT President and CEO, Ellen Voie, said the association created the award in 2018 to promote the accomplishments of companies that are focused on the employment of women in the trucking industry.

This list features in WIT’s publication, Redefining the Road. The publisher, Brian Everett, said the key features that distinguish the companies recognised in the list includes corporate values that foster gender diversity, competitive compensation and benefits, flexible hours and work requirements, professional development opportunities and career advancement opportunities.

“This is the third year for this award, which is largely driven by the marketplace,” said Everett. “The sheer number of individuals in the industry who participated in the process underscores the importance practitioners in the industry place on this award.”

More than 13,000 votes were reportedly cast to identify the companies named to the list.

The companies named include motor carriers, third party logistics companies and OEMs. They are:

  • AGT Global Logistics
  • American Central Transport
  • Aria Logistics LLC
  • Artur Express Inc.
  • Auction Transport Services
  • Averitt Express
  • B.R. Williams Trucking, Inc.
  • Bennett International Group, LLC
  • Big M Transportation
  • Booster Fuel
  • Boyle Transportation
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.
  • CalArk International, Inc.
  • Carbon Express Inc.
  • Cargo Transporters, Inc.
  • Carter Express, Inc.
  • Carvana
  • Centerline Drivers
  • Certified Express Inc.
  • CFI – Contract Freighters, Inc.
  • Clean Harbors
  • Cumberland International Trucks Inc.
  • Day & Ross
  • Dedicated Systems, Inc.
  • Dot Transportation, Inc.
  • Dupre Logistics
  • Dynacraft, A PACCAR Company
  • Epes Transport System, LLC
  • Estes Express Lines
  • FedEx Freight
  • Fifth Wheel Freight
  • Frito-Lay
  • Garner Trucking
  • Gulf Relay LLC
  • Herc Rentals, Inc.
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
  • JF Moran
  • JR Kays Trucking Inc.
  • JX Enterprises
  • Kenco
  • Kenworth
  • Knichel Logistics
  • Landstar System, Inc.
  • Matheson Trucking
  • May Trucking Company
  • McLeod Software
  • Michelin North America
  • NAPA Transportation, Inc.
  • National Carriers, Inc.
  • Navajo Express
  • NFI Industries
  • Odyssey Logistics & Technology
  • Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Omnitracs, LLC
  • OTR Capital, LLC
  • PACCAR Parts
  • Palmer Trucks
  • Peach State Truck Centers
  • Penske Transportation Solutions
  • Peterbilt Motors Company
  • PGT Trucking, Inc.
  • Prime Inc.
  • ReedTMS Logistics, Inc.
  • Rihm Family Companies
  • Riverside Transport, Inc.
  • Roehl Transport
  • RPM
  • Ryder System, Inc.
  • Schneider
  • Sunrise Transport Inc.
  • Sunset Transportation Inc.
  • Total Transportation of Mississippi
  • Trailer Transit
  • Transfix
  • Transplace
  • Transport America
  • Transport Services, Inc.
  • Trimac Transportation Inc.
  • Trimble MAPS
  • Tri-National, Inc.
  • Trinity Logistics, Inc.
  • Truckstop.com
  • U.S. Xpress
  • US AutoLogistics
  • Volvo Group North America
  • Wal-Mart Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Werner Enterprises
  • YRC Worldwide Companies

Transport and logistics provider, Werner Enterprises, has announced it is honoured to receive such recognition.

“At Werner, women represent an ever-growing portion of our professional driver workforce,” said Werner Enterprises Vice Chairman, President and CEO, Derek Leathers. “The advancement opportunities and continued support we offer help us draw more women to work at Werner. From our management team to our highway heroes, we are proud of the women who help us keep America moving.”

Werner’s female driver workforce is approximately double the national average, with more than 120 women drivers accomplishing at least one million accident-free miles.

Ryder System, a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation and commercial fleet management solutions, has also commented on being named in WIT’s list.

“Embracing diversity of every kind is at the heart of Ryder’s culture, and we have seen the tremendous value of having diversity across every part of our business,” Ryder Chief Marketing Officer, Karen Jones.

“Ryder is proud to be a company that values the impact that women have in our industry and we remain committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion among all our employees,” she said. “While there is always more work to be done, we are proud of what we have accomplished with advancing more women in the ranks of Ryder.”

Ryder is an active WIT participant and supports its mission to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimise obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.

So far in 2020, 20 per cent of Ryder’s new hires have been women, up 28 per cent from the year prior.

Ryder has proven it is committed to gender diversity through its many initiatives to recruit and retain women in its workforce with more than 1,300 women in leadership roles throughout its operations in the US and Canada. This highlights Ryder’s ongoing commitment to addressing the logistics and transportation industry’s gender gap by empowering women to succeed across the company.

(Image: WIT President and CEO, Ellen Voie.)

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