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    Associated Wholesalers, Inc. Selects Ryder For On-Site Maintenance Services

    Robesonia, Pennsylvania -- Associated Wholesalers, Inc., a cooperative wholesale food distributor serving approximately 250 supermarkets in the northeastern United States, has awarded Miami-based Ryder System, Inc., a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, with a multi-year maintenance contract.

    Robesonia, Pennsylvania -- Associated Wholesalers, Inc., a cooperative wholesale food distributor serving approximately 250 supermarkets in the northeastern United States, has awarded Miami-based Ryder System, Inc., a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, with a multi-year maintenance contract.

    Under the contract, Ryder will provide complete on-site vehicle maintenance services for AWI's comprehensive fleet of nearly 300 tractors, trailers and vans at the company's Robesonia, Pennsylvania location. AWI's fleet averages more than 500,000 miles a month.

    Ryder's Programmed Maintenance offering is a customized solution that provides customers with variety of support services including: preventive maintenance services; emergency roadside assistance; equipment evaluations and specifications; administrative support; and driver safety programs.

    "We needed an industry leader that could provide complete on-site maintenance services that would improve our fleet efficiency and ability to serve our customers seven days a week," said Robert Rippley, vice president of Logistics for AWI. "Ryder was selected to maintain AWI's fleet based on its uncompromising, longstanding commitment to provide quality proactive fleet management."

    "Ryder's extensive 70-year experience in the transportation industry, coupled with the continuous support of AWI's management, allows us to support AWI's commitment to providing outstanding service to its member retailers by keeping their fleet well-maintained and running efficiently," said Dick Carson, senior vice president of Fleet Management Solutions for Ryder. "We are confident that our solution will enable AWI to run a more efficient business with excellent customer service."

    "The grocery industry continues to go through tremendous change with an ongoing focus on cost efficiency," said Adriano Melluzzo, director of Business Development for Ryder. "AWI is a recognized leader that has been able to prosper in a competitive environment. We are honored to be working with an industry leader like AWI and welcome them to the Ryder family."

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