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30 | Overdrive | May 2019 T here was a time when mild- mannered Danny Jewell found himself occasionally trailed by spies. He wasn't hauling Department of Defense freight that might interest enemies of the state. It had nothing to do with carrying con- sumer electronics or certain pharma- ceuticals that draw cargo thieves. Jewell's spy-bait in those years around 1990 was John Deere's experi- mental farm equipment. "They used to tell me all their competitors were out there with cameras to get pictures," he says. "I caught guys at night parked in the truck stop, trying to look under my tarp. They'd ask 'What's in there?' I'd say 'None of your business.' " Less evident were the Deere secu- rity personnel who Jewell was told would follow him sometimes, partly "to make sure you weren't trying to get off and make something extra" by doing business with the spies. "But I've never really seen them." Jewell's loyalty with those sensitive loads hardly compares with his loy- alty to Waterloo, Iowa-based Warren Transport. His 6 million accident-free miles with Warren are indeed impres- sive, though not unheard of among the nation's safest longtime drivers. What's perhaps stands out the most is that Jewell, 74, has devoted such a lengthy trucking career to only one fleet. He's driven 51 years with Warren, the last 47 as an owner- operator. His safety record, business acu- men and service to the industry and his community in Nebraska City, Nebraska, were factors that led to his being named 2018 Owner- Operator of the Year in March by the Truckload Carriers Association and Overdrive at TCA's annual meeting in Las Vegas. Dick Donnelly, who retired as Warren's president in February after 52 years of service, witnessed first- hand every bit of Jewell's half-century career. Donnelly started working at Warren while he was in college. With his strong work ethic, then early training as a driver from some of Warren's best owner-operators, Robert Sullivan Drivers and other personnel at Warren Transport have come to rely on Danny Jewell for the expertise he's gained over five decades. HOME , SWEET HOME A strong work ethic helps a Midwesterner grow where he's planted, yielding a good reward: Owner-Operator of the Year BY MAX HEINE

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