OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, honored military veterans at locations nationwide with Veterans Day ceremonies at its global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and its Phoenix, Arizona, and Fontana, California, terminals. Werner representatives who spoke at terminal ceremonies includes President and CEO Derek Leathers, Associate Vice President of Student and Government Recruiting Jim Morbach, Vice President of Recruiting Chris Polenz, Senior Vice President of Dedicated and TCU Eric Downing, and Associate Director Rick Buchholz. Werner offered all military veteran associates free lunch following the day's events. "We are honored to have the opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the service and bravery of our nation's military veterans," said President and CEO Derek Leathers. "We strive to demonstrate that gratitude with our commitment to our veteran and veteran spouse hiring initiatives." As a military-friendly employer, Werner is proud to say that military veterans and veteran spouses comprise approximately 20 percent of its workforce. Since starting the industry's first Professional Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program in 2006, more than 5,000 veterans have enrolled in Werner's apprenticeship program and Werner has hired more than 25,000 veterans and veteran spouses. 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, China and Australia. Werner is among the five largest truckload carriers in the United States, with a diversified portfolio of transportation services that includes dedicated van, temperature-controlled and flatbed; medium-to-long-haul, regional and local van; and expedited services. The Werner Logistics portfolio includes freight management, truck brokerage, intermodal and international 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.