He’s a diamond in the rough

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After nearly 29 years working at a plywood mill, John Bail found himself a 49-year-old frantically looking around for a new line of work. The Keizer resident eventually found a job as a heavy haul truck driver for Swift Transportation. His effort was recently recognized as John was honored with a Diamond Award from the company. Of the more than 18,000 drivers in the company, only 1 percent get the award. Not bad, especially considering the dilemma he was in 15 years ago. The Arizona-based trucking company flew John and wife Charlotte to Salt Lake City last month to be feted, along with other drivers being honored. John got several personalized polo shirts, a backpack filled with items including two flashlights, a crystal miniature truck, a large blanket and a certificate. In addition, Charlotte got a $100 gift card. This is the third year for the diamond program. “I didn’t know anything about it until my manager called and said, ‘I heard you’re diamond.’ I said, ‘I am?’ I didn’t know. Our terminal manager got us included. The owner of the company (Jerry Moyes) flew diamond drivers and their spouses to Salt Lake City on Sept. 26 and put us up at the Marriott. We had a banquet with awards and a nice dinner. We were recognized at the banquet. The new inductees...

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