Bill with Talon Truck

This week we are putting the spotlight on Bill, Truck Driver at American Seaway Foods in Bedford Heights, OH! Bill is part of the team that is responsible for putting groceries on our shelves. Bill has been driving trucks for Giant Eagle for more than 23 years and has an impeccable safety record. We can’t wait for you to get to know him! Read the rest of Bill’s story here.

Bill with a Talon Truck

Bill Medlin, Truck Driver for Giant Eagle

How did you come to work for Giant Eagle? And what are your main responsibilities?

I’ve been here for 23, going on 24 years. I make deliveries to Giant Eagle stores. We’re mandated by the federal government, so there are specific procedures we must follow. I pre-trip my truck in the morning and post-trip it after my shift. These are laws we must follow.

What made you decide to become a Truck Driver?

It was something that I wanted to do for a long time. I just decided one day that I was going to do it and I became a Truck Driver. I had some bad jobs. When I first started driving, it was next to impossible to get a job like the one I have now. You needed 3-5 years of experience. I couldn’t get a job like this because I didn’t have the experience, so I went over-the-road but that only lasted for eight months. It was not my preferred lifestyle. Personally, it was nothing but misery. I did that to get my experience and then I drove for a few guys that had their own trucks. And then I came up here one day and took a shot in the dark. I filled out the application and they called me and asked me to come in for a road test. The rest is history.

For me, personally, this is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s a great job. Some guys don’t understand that every company has rules and policies that must be followed. They think the grass is always greener on the other side. I’ve been on the other side and it’s not greener. Giant Eagle has always treated me well. They’ve always treated me fair. I don’t have a bad thing to say about the Company.

What do you love about working for Giant Eagle?

I like the Company. All I’ve ever asked for is to be treated fairly. I love being able to be home every single night. It’s a good job. The main thing we are asked to do is be safe, which is key. I’m a people person and I get along with just about everyone I encounter.

Giant Eagle hosts cookouts for us. They give us jackets. They have a Safety Awards program for safe driving. It’s a great place to work. I like the guys I work with and the people in general are all good people. I try to appreciate everything I have and not to take things for granted. That’s very important to me.

Can you tell me about the benefits of being a Driver with Giant Eagle?

I consider the pay rate to be above average. Giant Eagle offers us a shoe allowance once a year. We can get new pair of safety shoes annually, and they are good shoes. We’re allotted $140 each year for a pair of shoes. The Safety Awards is also something we get to take part in. If you win, you get a plaque and a jacket.

We get to drive above average equipment. Everything is well-maintained and taken care of, and that is big in this industry. A lot of places tell you not to worry about it, if you find something wrong, but Giant Eagle isn’t like that.

Around the holidays, we all get a gift card, which is something they don’t have to do but they do it anyway. Benefits and perks aside, it’s a good job. People know the difference between a good job and a bad job. If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t have people at Giant Eagle with 20 and 30 years of tenure.

What work are you most proud of?

My safe driving record is something I’m proud of. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I have a great driving record. I’ve never had a ticket.

Bill

“We drive above average equipment here at Giant Eagle. Everything is well maintained and taken care of, and that is big in this industry.”

BillTruck Driver
2 replies
  1. Joe Oriti says:

    Congratulations on your long tenure and Awards, Bill! You were always a great co worker as well as a good friend. You always had a smile on your face and I know you loved doing your job. I’m sure you didn’t jinx yourself because safty was always a part of your routine as it should be all of ours. Congratulations again and stay safe!!!

    Joe Oriti

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