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'Mr. AIL', Randy Boyd, retires after 42 years of service

September 16, 2014

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It was a big day recently at our Westlock, AB facility, when a special event was held as Plant Manager, Randy Boyd, finally “left the building” after 42 years. Many AIL team members were on hand to pay tribute to 'Mr. AIL' as he headed off to enjoy more of his golfing passion and other noble pursuits. 

AIL President, Kenzie MacPherson (L), and AIL Group CEO, Mike Wilson (R) were on hand as Randy was presented with a trip to the 2015 Masters Tournament, a gift certificate for golf equipment and a number 42 Edmonton Eskimos football jersey. We thank him for his years of service and wish him all the best for a happy retirement.

Since Randy started back in 1973 he's held several positions, including a Labourer, Fork Lift Operator, Shipper/Receiver and finally, of course, Plant Manager. 

Throughout his career with AIL Randy had a great work life balance. He was a family man who took great pleasure from the love of his family and the relationships with his friends.

The Randy Boyd void

Known for his pet nicknames for everybody and his daily routine of stopping at Shell for a paper on his way to work, his motto was: “Whatever doesn’t get done today will get done tomorrow and that’s all you can do.” When Randy finally made his decision to retire, we had mixed feelings — happy for him, but sad too for his team and the rest of AIL. Since then we’ve experienced a real “Randy Boyd void”. 

 Retirement 2 webWe couldn’t have done it without him

Randy is one of the most modest people you will meet. His accomplishment of 42 years, in such a fast-paced and stressful industry, is more than an accomplishment — it’s a legacy. To this day, he still credits any success to his teams, past and present, and how he couldn’t have done it without them. The fact is, we couldn’t have done it without him.

Happy retirement, Randy!