Boyd Bros. hosts appreciation event for its drivers

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Alabama-based flatbed company Boyd Bros. Transportation invited its drivers to its Birmingham terminal for giveaways, free lunch, an antique trucks show last week.

The event, held Sept. 14, was part of the company’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week celebration. Free barbecue lunch was provided by Southland International Trucks, a Birmingham area International trucks retailer. They also showed two antique International trucks: A white 1980 International Scout and a red 1952 International I10, as well as a 2018 International LT. Another blue 1980 International Scout joined them, provided by Boyd Bros. The blue Scout belonged to the company’s founder.

Throughout the event, drivers were able to draw for prizes. The giveaway items included a CB Radio, gift cards, dash cameras, a custom jacket, and more. Lori Furnell, vice president of communications for Boyd Bros., said the company also had sales team members visiting its shippers and giving drivers hats, mugs, gift cards and other gifts.

Boyd Bros. drivers draw for prizes at the company’s driver appreciation event.Boyd Bros. drivers draw for prizes at the company’s driver appreciation event.

“We’re really doing all that we can not just at our terminals, but outside of our terminals to really make sure everyone is included,” Furnell said.

Edward Carpenter, a driver trainee, attended with his trainer, Leon Bell, a Boyd Bros. driver of 12 years. Carpenter said the driver appreciation event, combined with the company’s recently announced 4 cpm pay raise, shows it cares about its drivers.

“It’ll keep a lot of drivers around and make them feel more appreciated when they’re out on the road,” Carpenter said of the pay raise. “And then when they do events like this, it just keeps them more motivated to stay with it.”

Bell said the event accomplished its goal of making the company’s drivers feel like valued team members.

“I’ve always like Boyd because Boyd cares about their drivers. I’ve been with Boyd going on 12 years and I’ve been driving truck for 28 years, and Boyd is one of the only companies I know that cares about their drivers and appreciates them more than others do,” Bell said.

An interior view of a blue 1980 International Scout.An interior view of a blue 1980 International Scout.

This red 1953 International truck was on display at the event, courtesy of Southland International. The truck has the mascot for Alabama's Crimson Tide football team, Big Al, on each door.This red 1953 International truck was on display at the event, courtesy of Southland International. The truck has the mascot for Alabama's Crimson Tide football team, Big Al, on each door.

1980 International Scout1980 International Scout

This blue 1980 International Scout belonged to Boyd Bros.' founder. It was on display at the event.This blue 1980 International Scout belonged to Boyd Bros.' founder. It was on display at the event.

Drivers draw for prizes at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event.Drivers draw for prizes at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event.

Lori Furnell, seated, had drivers draw for prizes. Prizes included free shirts, hats, gift cards, a CB radio, and more.Lori Furnell, seated, had drivers draw for prizes. Prizes included free shirts, hats, gift cards, a CB radio, and more.

Free barbecue lunch was provided at the event by Southland International.Free barbecue lunch was provided at the event by Southland International.

Leon Bell, left, and Edward Carpenter, right, attended the driver appreciation event together. Bell is Carpenter's trainer, and Carpenter is expected to graduate to his own truck this month.Leon Bell, left, and Edward Carpenter, right, attended the driver appreciation event together. Bell is Carpenter's trainer, and Carpenter is expected to graduate to his own truck this month.

Boyd Bros. held a driver appreciation event at its Birmingham terminal Sept. 14 with free lunch and giveaways.Boyd Bros. held a driver appreciation event at its Birmingham terminal Sept. 14 with free lunch and giveaways.

This 2018 International LT was on display at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event.This 2018 International LT was on display at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event.

An interior view of a white 1980 International Scout.An interior view of a white 1980 International Scout.

This white 1980 International Scout truck was on display at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event, courtesy of Southland International.This white 1980 International Scout truck was on display at Boyd Bros.' driver appreciation event, courtesy of Southland International.

An interior view of a 1952 International I10.An interior view of a 1952 International I10.