MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain management solutions, today announced that National Tube Supply (NTS), a national distributor of carbon and alloy mechanical tubing, has renewed its contract for dedicated transportation services with Ryder. The Ryder Dedicated offering provides businesses with highly skilled professional drivers, specialized vehicles customized for their industries and operations, expert maintenance, and value-added services such as network design and engineering. NTS’ total dedicated fleet with Ryder consists of 45 pieces of equipment, including tractors and trailers.
NTS Chief Operating Officer Brian Kluge noted, “We recognized early on that our core competency does not lie in managing vehicles or keeping up with the ever-changing and complex demands of the trucking industry.” For this reason, it made good business sense for NTS to outsource its transportation operations to a 3PL provider like Ryder.
“Since 2001, our business has grown six-fold, and Ryder’s extensive network and resources have helped to make that possible,” said Mr. Kluge. “We flex up and down on a regular basis in response to our changing business needs, and Ryder does a great job of adjusting to our business activity with quick turnaround.”
Since partnering with Ryder in 2001, NTS no longer needs to focus resources on recruiting and hiring drivers, which allows them to concentrate on what they do best—selling and processing steel tubing. “Ryder continues to provide consistency with its drivers by maintaining low driver turnover, which has been a testament to their ability to manage through the industry-wide driver shortage. This is critical to our business, as Ryder’s drivers are seen by our customers as an extension of National Tube Supply,” said Mr. Kluge.
The business currently works with Ryder in Chicago and Los Angeles, and plans on expanding the relationship in Houston this year.
“Being able to support National Tube Supply’s growth over the years has been gratifying,” said John Diez, Senior Vice President of Ryder Dedicated. “It demonstrates the significant value and peace of mind we are affording customers through Ryder Dedicated. Our ability to deliver exceptional customer service is one of the key reasons why NTS continues to work with us, and it’s part of what enables us to forge long-lasting relationships.”
National Tube Supply, located just south of Chicago, began operations in August of 1990 as a national distributor of carbon and alloy mechanical tubing. The NTS sales team averages over 20 years of experience and works directly with engineering departments and buyers to ensure that the right material and tolerances are utilized in their customers’ projects.
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