Werner Enterprises Transports New Sandhill Crane Viewing Blinds

GlobeNewswire 13-Jan-2017 1:00 PM

OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Werner Enterprises (NASDAQ:WERN), a premier transportation and logistics provider, recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy to transport two dry freight shipping containers to be transformed into viewing blinds for visitors during Nebraskas annual sandhill crane migration.

Werner sourced the containers from a supplier in China and transported the containers to The Nature Conservancys Platte River Prairies, located between Grand Island and Kearney, Nebraska. The containers will be retrofitted into modest, specialty crane viewing blinds with wood paneling, benches and glass windows with cutouts for camera lenses.

We love to show people the beauty of these birds, and we hope it engages them enough to inspire an interest in conserving the vital Platte River, said Chris Helzer, director of Science at The Nature Conservancy.

Every year, The Nature Conservancy hosts members, partners and students from around the world to experience the sight of over 500,000 cranes. Werner Enterprises was a founding member of the Conservancys Corporate Conservation Council of Nebraska in 2015, a growing group of leading businesses that support nature conservation work throughout the state.

Werner was the natural candidate for a starting place as we investigated the cost and feasibility of repurposing shipping containers as blinds, instead of framing out new structures, said Eliza Perry, major gifts manager. Werner even donated transportation services. We knew there was a conservation ethic there.

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 Werners domestic and global subsidiary companies and include ocean, air and ground transportation; freight forwarding; and customs brokerage.

Contact: Fred Thayer, Director of Corporate Communications
Werner Enterprises, Inc.
402.895.6640 ext. 2065
fthayer@werner.com

Source: Werner Enterprises, Inc.