Hello and welcome to the Hammer Down website! The Hammer Down began as a monthly Trucking Department Newsletter for the Transportation Department of what was known back then as Better-Bilt Aluminum Products, Inc. The complete history of how the Hammer Down came into being and how it came to be here on the Internet can be found and read on our "History" page. This website, the Hammer Down name and domain name are NOT affiliated or associated with the current corporate owner of Better-Bilt Aluminum Products. This website is dedicated to the Drivers, Management, and fellow Better-Bilt Employee Alumni of the Hosea Magee/Cliff Logsdon era of this truly remarkable company.
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is with a huge, saddened heart that I report to everyone that our former
Better-Bilt West Team Driver Fred Wagers lost his battle with Lung Cancer on
Monday September 3rd in Phoenix, AZ. Shown in the picture at left is Fred
and his late wife Kayla when they were in Nashville in 2005. Shortly after
this picture was taken, Kayla was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She lost
her battle with Cancer December of 2010. Fred was diagnosed with Lung
Cancer this past January (2012), stage 4 when they found it.
We will all miss you Fred!
Shown at left are Bill Witt, Fred Wagers, Debbie Worner, and Frank Worner.
Fred and Frank drove the Better-Bilt Team Truck for many years.
Got these two photos from Gary Stazenski, former Traffic Manager and truck boss of the Prescott Valley, AZ plant. The photo at left was taken in 1981.
Gary indentified these drivers as:
Ben Roberts, Renita Rice, Danny Colquit, ????????, Roger Duetsch, Bob Dean, Jim Pahl, Richard Surwall, Paul Denney, Bruce Knell, Gary Stazenski, Carl Irwin, Gary Jeranson, Joe Phillips, Jake Foust, Tom Mckinley.
With the death of Jim Pahl in 2010, there none of the original Better-Bilt drivers still driving for BB West. Jim was the last driver on their roster.
Any of the Smyrna drivers remember Renita in the Dispatch Office?
This photo had to have been taken sometime around or after 1985. We the new Logo and Paint Scheme came into being when the Smyrna Plant got the 1985 Peterbilt tractors.
Drivers standing are:
Bobby Burt, Joe Phillips, Tom McKinley, Danny Colquit, Pete Roberts, Roger Duetsch, Carl Irwin, Bruce Knell, Jim Stephenson, Jim Pahl, Ben Roberts, Paul Denney
THANKS to Gary Stazenski for sending these photos. I appreciate it.
The October Driver/Alumni Breakfast photos are now up on the "Driver Happenings" page! Our next breakfast will be held in December! The date will be announced when it is finalized.
Cliff Logsdon Retirement Party -- 1992
The Hammer Down "News and Information" page is being re-named "Driver Happenings" and will be dedicated to the Better-Bilt Alumni, Family, and Friend's get-togethers and "happenings".
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