In the summer of 1969, UPS hired a pair of semi-truck drivers from Minnesota who’ve stuck around longer than most.
The pair, Rick Greenwald and Nick Gulenchyn, lasted through the summer driving the massive trucks that get packages from point A to point B—but they didn’t stop there. The years went by, then decades, until the pair realized that they had each hit 50 years working for the company.
It’s an impressive enough feat for each of the two drivers, especially in an industry that Minnesota’s CBS Local reports experiences a decent amount of turnover. But to make things even more impressive, both Greenwald and Gulenchyn deserve an even more impressive distinction because neither have ever been in an accident, either—nor have they missed a single day of work during their half century with the company.
No days off ✔No accidents ✔These UPS drivers have double the celebration. Congrats, guys! 👏 #UPSdriversrock
UPS went to honor the pair when they hit their milestone, and were amazed at the coincidence of having two drivers from the same UPS location go through such an impressive run without any missed days or auto collisions on the job.
“It’s pretty rare to happen. Even UPS, globally, you don’t have a lot of folks sticking around for 50 years,” said Mike Marshall, the feeder division manager for Minnesota and Wisconsin. “And then to have two of them in the same building hit 50 years just a couple weeks a part, that’s a pretty big deal.”
Five decades of work puts both drivers into the age of retirement, but it shouldn’t come as a shock—especially given their impressive records—that neither plan to get down from behind the wheel any time soon.
Watch these two veteran UPS drivers celebrate their incredible milestone:
“I could’ve retired a few of years ago, but it seems to get better all the time,” Greenwald, who first got his job with the company after leaving the Air Force as a young man, said in his interview.
“Yeah, I just enjoy what I do,” added Gulenchyn.
It may seem surprising that both men seem adamant about wanting to keep going, but it may actually be keeping them happier and healthier. As many in retirement have found out, shifting gears away from work entirely can lead to simply boredom and a lack of purpose in life; the mental and social stimulation that a job can provide senior citizens often keeps them feeling young.
According to Greenwald, the road is a different place now from when he started driving. The number of distracted drivers, pulled away from their focus on the road by texting and talking on the phone, is an entirely new phenomenon since his earlier days with UPS.
As long as the pair are still having a blast driving packages to happy customers, though, they’re okay with the change in the roads. All they want is to keep up the good work they’ve been providing for 50 years and counting.
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