PLANO, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America business unit today recognized 100 over-the-road (OTR) drivers in the U.S. and Canada who have reached the career milestone of driving more than one million, two million, or three million miles accident-free.
"The Frito-Lay fleet is not only one of the largest private fleets in North America, but also one of the safest," said Bill Simkins, manager, national fleet safety, Frito-Lay North America. "Our drivers attend extensive training programs and consider safety to be their number one priority. We thank this year's Million Milers for their dedication to Frito-Lay and for keeping our roads accident-free every day."
Frito-Lay's Million Milers have high-caliber safety skills honed through regular and robust training and adherence to good driving behaviors. Frito-Lay utilizes skills maneuvering courses, advanced driving simulators and team collaborations on best practices to create a positive safety culture and to help its drivers maintain their skills.
On average it takes a Frito-Lay OTR driver about 12 years to reach the one million mile mark. The company now has more than 500 active Million Milers on the roads daily.
This year, two drivers achieved more than three million accident-free miles and 22 drivers achieved two million miles. Through the Million Milers program and the company's extensive safety efforts, Frito-Lay has seen a 71% decline in total collisions since 2002.
The Million Milers, along with their families, were recognized by Frito-Lay's top executives at an annual gala at the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Frito-Lay North America's 2012 Million Milers:
Three Million Milers
Dwight C. Brooks - Topeka, Kan.
Henry Pollitz - Pulaski, Tenn.
Two Million Milers
Richard Gillin - Cucamonga, Calif.
Thomas Myers - Kern, Calif.
John Devos - Cambridge, Ontario
Marty Okland - Denver, Colo.
Ed Lave - Oak Forest, Ill.
Dan Rawlings - Frankfort, Ind.
Gordon Watson - Frankfort, Ind.
Steve R. Coder - Topeka, Kan.
George Bunnel - Topeka, Kan.
Charles Haller - Topeka, Kan.
Caroll W. Seastrom - Topeka, Kan.
Tim Ray - Canton, Ohio
Kenny Coulter - Pulaski, Tenn.
Glenn E. Sandmeyer - Fayetteville, Tenn.
Raymond Brink - Irving, Texas
James Freeman - Rosenburg, Texas
David Jackson - Irving, Texas
Jim Scott - Irving, Texas
Ronnie Williams - Rosenburg, Texas
Harold Alcorn - Vancouver, Wash.
Bob Rambin - Vancouver, Wash.
Mike Eddy - Beloit, Wis.
One Million Milers
Frank Hames - Casa Grande, Ariz.
David Marcianti - Casa Grande, Ariz.
Dirk Moeller - Casa Grande, Ariz.
Jim Wesson - Phoenix, Ariz.
Ron Hudspeth - Jonesboro, Ark.
Wayne Lindemann - Jonesboro, Ark.
Dan Acosta - Modesto, Calif.
Rene Acupan - Kern, Calif.
Steve Nolin - Cucamonga, Calif.
Frank Perez - Kern, Calif.
Gaston Bourgeult - Lauzon, Quebec
Andy Smith - Lethbridge, Alberta
Kirk Fuss - Denver, Colo.
Leland Henderson - Denver, Colo.
Ross Hulbert - Denver, Colo.
Victor Bazinet - Killingly, Conn.
Kenneth Boehme - Killingly, Conn.
James Janelle - Killingly, Conn.
Garrett Lemek - Killingly, Conn.
Virgilio Silva - Killingly, Conn.
Theodore Wish Jr. - Killingly, Conn.
Malvin James - Orlando, Fla.
Terry Klis - Orlando, Fla.
John McCaughin - Orlando, Fla.
Jock Sterling - Orlando, Fla.
Jairo Tamayo - Orlando, Fla.
Bob Young - Orlando, Fla.
Jeff Lott - Perry, Ga.
Perry Tate - Perry, Ga.
Michael Tharpe - Perry, Ga.
Alan Willis - Perry, Ga.
Andy Gray - Carol Steam, Ill.
Chris Matejka - Oak Forest, Ill.
Jim Carithers - Frankfort, Ind.
Jeffrey Durham - Frankfort, Ind.
Dave McGriff - Frankfort, Ind.
Bill Radcliff - Frankfort, Ind.
Thomas Thompson - Frankfort, Ind.
Grey Armagost - Topeka, Kan.
Larry Chrum - Topeka, Kan.
Christopher Eugene Littrell - Topeka, Kan.
Arnold Peterson - Topeka, Kan.
Robert Smith - Topeka, Kan.
Rick Gorsuch - Aberdeen, Md.
Bob Miller - Aberdeen, Md.
Bill Sparr - Aberdeen, Md.
Ron Vitcusky - Aberdeen, Md.
John Whittaker - Aberdeen, Md.
Thomas McManamon - Kirkwood, N.Y.
Mike Vanderheide - Kirkwood, N.Y.
Ron Holcombe - Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Smith - Charlotte, N.C.
Randy Wingo - Charlotte, N.C.
Joe Baltzley - Canton, Ohio
Jeff Berger - Williamsport, Pa.
Jerry Martin - York, Pa.
Carl Probst - Williamsport, Pa.
John Spencer - Williamsport, Pa.
Robert Balch - Fayetteville, Tenn.
Stanley Hill - Fayetteville, Tenn.
Jeremy Lord - Pulaski, Tenn.
Jack Marshall - Fayetteville, Tenn.
Brian White - Pulaski, Tenn.
Darnell Bradshaw - Rosenburg, Texas
Mark Cash - Irving, Texas
Wendell Jones - Dallas, Texas
Jerry Marino - San Antonio, Texas
Paul Richter - Rosenburg, Texas
Ken Wright - Irving, Texas
Rob Sanderson - West Valley, Utah
Mark VanPelt - Lynchburg, Va.
Irving Adams - Vancouver, Wash.
Shawn Koester - Vancouver, Wash.
Billie Williamson - Vancouver, Wash.
Brett Ousley - Beloit, Wis.
Richard Rice - Beloit, Wis.
About Frito-Lay North America
Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay.
PepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses â€" Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola â€" make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com.
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