Southern Glazer’s Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is honoring its national team of more than 3,000 professional truck drivers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Sept. 9 – 15.

The annual recognition event, created by the American Trucking Associations, honors professional truck drivers for their work and commitment in tackling their demanding and important jobs.

“Our drivers are an integral part of our operational success,” says Bobby Burg, SVP and chief supply chain officer for Southern Glazer’s. “They’re one of the key reasons why our customers are able to keep their shelves stocked and maintain their customers’ satisfaction.”

Drivers across the company will be honored throughout the course of the week at 61 Southern Glazer’s branch locations across the country. Drivers will enjoy festivities, from catered breakfasts and barbecues, to raffles and prizes. Additionally, all Southern Glazer’s drivers will receive a t-shirt and hat.

“It’s like driving around and seeing your friends all day,” says Shawn Decaro, route driver for Southern Glazer’s in Portland, Ore. “My two favorite parts of the job include getting to work for great people and the excellent equipment the company provides us with. It makes your job easier when you have solid equipment you can trust, and it really is a big deal in this industry.”

Wine and spirits wholesalers like Southern Glazer’s employ more than 16,500 professional truck drivers. These professional men and women deliver 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the U.S. to neighborhood restaurants, bars and stores.

Southern Glazer’s provides an Elite Safe Driver Recognition Program across every state in its national network. To qualify, drivers must have 20 consecutive quarters, or five years, of safe driving without a preventable collision. Once a driver reaches this milestone, he/she receives a gold ring set with an onyx stone. A .10pt diamond is added to the ring for every four consecutive quarters of safe driving until the ring is fit with 12 diamonds. As the driver continues his/her safe driving record, the center stone is replaced with a .25pt diamond and then is eligible for monetary bonus awards.

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