Navistar Worker To Retire After 60 Years

MELROSE PARK, Ill. (WBBM) — This is the last week on the job for a Chicago man — a forklift operator who’s retiring after 60 years at Navistar.

WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller asked Albert Triplett, 78, if he could believe it has been 60 years since he started at Navistar.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports

“Yes, I can believe it,” Triplett said. “You get tired and you get old. So you picked up those 60 years somewhere.”

In 60 years of work, he’s taken only five sick days, for something called “the Hong Kong flu,” he said.

When he first punched the clock in 1951 he made $1.25 an hour as a laborer. Back then, gas was 20 cents a gallon, Harry Truman was president and Nat King Cole was topping the music charts.

He’s been a janitor, machinist, painter, tractor driver, fork lift operator. Triplett figures he’s outlasted 50 supervisors, and 10 plant managers. Ron Poland is the current boss.

“He has a great attitude. He’s here every day. He’s a role model for anybody,” Poland told CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker.

Triplett has been married 55 years, raised six children and has 30 grandchildren.

He has mixed emotions about leaving the job after so many years. But don’t feel too bad for him.

“I’m going to wake up every morning and whatever I feel like I want to do, this is what I’m going to try to do,” he said.

In contrast to Triplett, most people who land new jobs will probably only keep them for four years. That’s the average span of service, according to recent surveys.

  • Larry Schaibley

    Congratulations Mr. Triplett. May you live a long, wonderful life with your spouse. God Bless you.

  • Dan Rakow

    I very blessed and thankful You got to work at Navistar for 60 Years.

    God Bless You Albert on Your Retirement and the Future too.

  • george

    God Bless you….


    That’s my Grandad! he is an outstanding Man! I could sure tell you some stories!

    • Leslie Triplett-Bracy

      Congratulations Elder Triplett! May God continue to bless you.

      • Leslie Triplett-Bracy

        Are you related to James Triplett?

  • darlene

    Wow!! Amazing story.. Mr. Triplett sounds like an amazing man!! Hats off to you and enjoy the rest of your life!

  • Brewster

    Great attitude and great man. A role model for us all.

  • Tripp

    Amazing accomplishment Uncle James. The Triplett family is truly blessed and fortunate to have you as such a strong presence. You are a leader and may your retirement be as exuberant as the history of your employment. Your nephew, Dwayne Triplett. MUCH LOVE FOR YOU!!

  • rita

    What a wonderful story. I am happy for you Mr Tripplett. I am glad that you worked for a company that does not just throw its loyal employees away. I work with your nephew, Dwayne. He is a wonderful man like yourself, I am sure. Enjoy your free time and keep making a contribution cause it will help keep you young.

  • SouthSideDiva

    Enjoy your retirement. God Bless.

  • robert moore

    hey tripp..its bobby moore.iam happy for you..and it was great working with you at navistar, as well God Bless

  • Clifford Baerlin

    I will miss your contagious smill and your warm hello, as you passed my work station during your lunch time walk. Enjoy your retirement you earned it

  • oris

    Tripp it was a pleasure working with you.

  • Audra Akins

    Just heard your story my Dad and all of my Uncles worked for International Harvester. My dad did 30 years so I can only imagine the stories you may have.

    Continued Blessings
    The Akins Family of Chicago, IL

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