OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ: WERN), a premier transportation and logistics company, was honored to be recognized at the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Ceremony by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Pentagon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

“It is very humbling to be recognized for our efforts to support those who have dedicated themselves to serving our country,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Derek Leathers. “Over 20 percent of our associates worldwide are veterans, and they have truly proven to be the best of the best.”

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD) to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. Werner was the only carrier selected among the 15 winners from 2,350 nominations.

Award nominations come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating. The ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Werner Enterprises, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is a premier transportation and logistics company, with coverage throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and Australia. Werner maintains its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska and maintains offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated; medium-to-long-haul, regional and expedited van; and temperature-controlled. The Werner Logistics portfolio includes truck brokerage, freight management, intermodal, international and final mile services. International services are provided through Werner’s domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.

Werner Enterprises, Inc.’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select MarketSM under the symbol “WERN.” For further information about Werner, visit the company’s website at www.werner.com.

Contact: Fred Thayer, Director of Corporate CommunicationsWerner Enterprises, Inc.402.895.6640 ext. 100-2065 fthayer@werner.com

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