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Grand Opening a Success

JRayl hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for their renovated HQ in Akron, OH. The completion of this project is a direct investment in growing as a company, along with providing job opportunities to the local community.
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J. Rayl Transport HQ Renovations Completed

Construction was recently completed on the J. Rayl Transport headquarters facility. The company is hosting a ribbon-cutting event at 10:00a.m. on June 16th to allow community partners and press an opportunity to see the improvements in person.
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Memorial Day: What it means to haul The Wall that Heals

JRayl Driver Alvin Garrard hauled The Wall that Heals, which is a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. This meant a lot to him because the names of some of his friends who he served with are inscribed on the wall.
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COVID-19 Pushes Industry to Implement New Accounting, Bookkeeping Methods

COVID-19 has created challenges throughout the trucking industry, but it also has created opportunities, especially when it comes to fleets’ accounting processes.
Work-from-home initiatives and social distancing have accelerated the transition to paperless transactions, emailed invoices and electronic payments, which are helping some fleets collect payables faster.
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Business Impact during viral outbreak

The driving community feel and see the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The Akron Beacon Journal interviewed JRayl's Rich Hayworth and Ryan Richards to learn more about how our business has adapted to the recent viral outbreak.
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JRayl's COO Ryan Richards discusses challenges in the Trucking Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic on ABC News

The trucking industry is facing many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. JRayl’s COO, Ryan Richards, was interviewed by local ABC News. Ryan was asked to provide information on what the trucking industry, from JRayl’s perspective, is going through right now and how JRayl, a local business, is supporting their drivers.
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JRayl in the Local News

JRayl’s recent compensation program made the local papers. JRayl’s drivers have the opportunity to earn additional money to support their family and loved ones. JRayl drivers are part of the JRayl family and supporting the drivers right now is our #1 concern. Together we can do this!
Akron Beacon Journal Article

JRayl's Fred Price on Freightwave Panel discussing CARES Act

JRayl's own, Fred Price, was part of a TCA Town Hall discussion yesterday in response to the COVID-19 crisis, President Trump signed into law a $2T stimulus package. Fred was part of a Freightwave panel discussion that will help freight businesses navigate the CARES Act that was part of the stimulus program.
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JRayl Temporarily Increases Pay for all Drivers

JRayl Transport Inc., announces a new compensation program that will go into effect April 5, 2020 until May 2, 2020. Drivers, for four weeks, will have the opportunity to earn additional money to support their family and loved ones. The plan has been introduced to the drivers starting today but it represents approximately 20% increase in pay for all over the road drivers. JRayl drivers are part of the JRayl family and right now it is critical that JRayl supports their family!

The transportation industry is essential to America and JRayl drivers are working very hard every day to keep America’s supply chain moving. JRayl has made important decisions about the health and well-being of their family. They have helped support and supply necessary provisions to keep their employees safe. JRayl Drivers have had to adjust their planning and schedules to ensure they find food, shelter, and fuel. They have had to protect themselves through social distancing and scam artists. These drivers have had to leave their homes when their families have needed them most to ensure that America supply has not been compromised. The JRayl Family will continue to deliver as the world battles and eventually prevails over this virus. Together we can do this!

JRayl Transport, Inc. is an Akron, Ohio based, family owned and operated logistics solution provider. JRayl has been in the trucking industry for over 30 years and has always had a close family atmosphere. Currently employing over 450 employees in multiple strategic locations, JRayl builds family relationships that allows people to find loads, ship freight, and welcomes drivers home weekly!

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JRayl Makes Transport Topics Top 100 List

Transport Topics Top 100 List displays Essential Financial and Operating Information for the 100 Largest For-Hire Carriers in North America for 2019. JRayl made the list in 2019, coming in at #65. More information about this list can be found on Transport Topics Website.

Ryan Richards & Tara Trautman on WKYC

JRayl provides reliable transportation and logistics solutions with over 350 trucks & 900 trailers! Hollie and Joe sit with the COO of JRayl, Ryan Richards, and their Manager of Driver Recruiting, Tara Trautman.
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JRayl Featured in Transport Topics - September 10, 2018

Tara Rayl, driver experience team manager at JRayl Transport Inc., received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve program.

Rayl was nominated by Matthew Gravius, JRayl’s lead driver trainer. Gravius currently is an active reservist with the U.S. Army.
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JRayl Manager Honored with Patriot Award

JRAYL TRANSPORT, INC. ------ Proud to announce, Driver Experience Team Manager, Tara Rayl, is the honored recipient of the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Tara Rayl was nominated by JRayl’s Lead Driver Trainer, Matthew Gravius. Matt is currently an active reservist with the United States Army.

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if required by the reservist. Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired) Chaker Fadel, Ohio ESGR Volunteer said, “Matthew, who like the citizen soldiers before him, have answered his nation’s call to serve. Supportive supervisors, like Tara, are critical partners to help in maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Nearly half of our nation’s defense is in the National Guard and Reserves today.”

JRayl has a long history of offering programs to support veterans and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. “Tara is a great representation of our JRayl Family culture where we create a welcoming and supportive environment for service men and women and their families. We are proud of her efforts. We are especially appreciative of Matthew and his family and all those who have served and are serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.” said Kevin Dietrich, JRayl SVP of Operations.



About JRAYL:

JRayl Transport, Inc. is an Akron, Ohio based, family owned and operated logistics solution provider. JRayl has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade while maintaining a close family atmosphere. Currently employing over 400 employees in multiple strategic locations, JRayl builds family relationships that allows people to find loads, ship freight, and welcomes drivers home weekly!

About ESGR:

ESGR seeks to foster a culture where all employers support and value the employment and military service of National Guard and Reserve members. ESGR promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve services by developing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as employers’ principal advocate within the Department of Defense.

For more information about ESGR, its outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.

JRayl Hometown Football Support

Akron, OH. - Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?! - The Fall air is crisper, the excitement grows, and the Blue and Gold colors are everywhere. Akron Zips Football season is about to begin! From the tailgates to the team rushing onto InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, the students, alumni, and fans are ready for some Zips Football!



A lot goes on behind the scenes for the Akron University team on game day. The field must be prepared, tickets sold, and the equipment in the locker room for the players. Game day equipment needs to be transported, sometimes across country, overnight. That’s where JRayl Transport begins the football season.

JRayl is a large, asset-based logistics company that has been family owned and operated Since 1987. JRayl provides reliable transportation and logistics solutions. With more than 400 employees and various strategically placed locations, the trucking business can meet the needs of a growing number of shippers, carriers and drivers throughout the U.S. and internationally. “It’s that Family and HOMETOWN Pride that gets JRayl Transport excited transporting Akron Zips Football equipment. It’s an honor for JRayl to partner with The University of Akron’s Football program each season” said Kevin Dietrich, Senior Vice President for JRayl Transport.

Each year, JRayl Transport selects a driver to transport Akron Zips Football to each of their games. The equipment will start in Akron Ohio each week. Depending on the game day location, the driver will travel all over the country to ensure the team is ready to tackle their next opponent. Akron Zips Football Team will be ready for all their games thanks to the hometown support of JRayl Transport. When you see the Akron Zips Equipment truck drive by in your area, know that JRayl Transport is proud to be who keeps the Akron Blue and Gold moving!

Huntington is dedicated to funding J. Rayl Transport Inc.'s growth

When J. Rayl Transport’s CEO, Jeremy Rayl, died suddenly last July at the age of 39, the Akron-based trucking company lost “more than just a boss,” in the words of COO and close friend Ryan Richards. Nothing can prepare a company for such an unexpected loss, but in this case, no one wondered what would happen next. Because Rayl had put a plan and the people in place to carry on his vision, operations continued without missing a beat as the team grieved his passing.

“The biggest challenge wasn’t really business; it was waking up and realizing that he was gone,” says Richards, who had known Jeremy for 30 years and worked with him for the last nine. Rayl took over the family-owned freight business in 2008 from his father, Tim, who co-founded the company in 1987 with a fleet of five trucks. Under his’s leadership, the company grew from about 100 employees to more than 400, with 350 tractors and 800 trailers – achieving a compound annual growth rate of more than 13 percent over the last decade.

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