PLANO, Texas, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America business unit today recognized 110 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.
"Frito-Lay owns and operates one of the largest private fleets in North America," said Bill Simkins, manager, National Fleet Safety, Frito-Lay North America. "It's also one of the safest because of our training programs and the world-class drivers who make safety their number one priority. We commend this year's inductees for their dedication, and for keeping themselves and the families we share the roads with every day accident-free."
Frito-Lay's Million Milers possess high-level safety skills honed through extensive 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 550 active Million Milers on the roads daily.
This year, six drivers achieved more than 3 million accident-free miles, our largest Three Million Miler class to-date. Through the Million Milers program, and the company's extensive safety efforts, Frito-Lay has seen a 70% decline in collisions since 1999.
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 2011 Million Milers
Three Million Milers
Charlie Thomas – Dallas, Texas
Greg Hladky – Topeka, Kan.
Rejean Bedard – Lauzon, Quebec
Al Rodney – Topeka, Kan.
Jim Steadman – Lethbridge, Alberta
Chris Outzen – Williamsport, Pa.
Two Million Milers
Tim Billings – Beloit, Wis.
Rich Giroux – Killingly, Conn.
John Weare – Cambridge, Ontario
David Thomas – Perry, Ga.
John Crane – Dallas, Texas
David Besser – Topeka, Kan.
Carl Bundy – Denver, Colo.
Carol Russell – Williamsport, Pa.
Steve Zook – Frankfort, Ind.
Larry Koon, Jr. – Williamsport, Pa.
Rich Leichinger – Irving, Texas
One Million Milers
William Dunivant – Aberdeen, Md.
Rick Brotkowski – Beloit, Wis.
Lowell Haines – Aberdeen, Md.
Ashley Coldren – Beloit, Wis.
Glen Galles – Beloit, Wis.
Stephanne Collin – Lauzon, Quebec
Les Hanson – Beloit, Wis.
Serge Cote – Lauzon, Quebec
Karl Pearson – Beloit, Wis.
Patrick Gosselin – Lauzon, Quebec
Dave McMullin – Cambridge, Ontario
Dean Hamilton – Lethbridge, Alberta
Jim Fincham – Canton, Ohio
Al Heninger – Lethbridge, Alberta
Phil Kintner – Canton, Ohio
Doug Libbey – Lethbridge, Alberta
Andy Combs – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Willie Harrison – Lynchburg, Va.
Mark Matson – Casa Grande, Ariz.
Roger McFadden – Lynchburg, Va.
Larry Beaver – Charlotte, N.C.
Joe Wilson – Lynchburg, Va.
Darrin Medin – Charlotte, N.C.
James Caton – Modesto, Calif.
Jim Palombit – Charlotte, N.C.
Rick Rushton – Modesto, Calif.
Jerry Trogdon – Charlotte, N.C.
Dennis Sneed – Modesto, Calif.
Joe Lukacsi – Cucamonga, Calif.
Gary Norman – Modesto, Calif.
John Smith – Dallas, Texas
Bryan Coffin – Orlando, Fla.
Charlie Thomas – Dallas, Texas
Gregory Painter – Orlando, Fla.
Jeff Bonser – Denver, Colo.
Cliff Carpenter – Perry, Ga.
Reggie DeCoopman – Denver, Colo.
William Clemons – Perry, Ga.
Jim Dressler – Denver, Colo.
Steve Gallaher – Perry, Ga.
Dennos Tilley – Denver, Colo.
Steve Felts – Perry, Ga.
Wally Costly – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Randy Foske – Perry, Ga.
Glen Damron – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Chris Melton – Perry, Ga.
Dusty Day – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Willie Pierce – Perry, Ga.
Buddy Germany – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Jimmy Sklow – Perry, Ga.
John McNutt – Fayetteville, Tenn.
Thomas Tharpe – Perry, Ga.
Rick Bloyd – Frankfort, Ind.
Craig Maldonado – Phoenix, Ariz.
Keith Burwell – Frankfort, Ind.
Blas Rodriquez – Phoenix, Ariz.
Ted Koch – Frankfort, Ind.
Robert Whitley – Pulaski, Tenn.
Dennis McIntosh – Frankfort, Ind.
Adam Mata – Rosenburg, Texas
Tom Mitchell – Frankfort, Ind.
Willie Johnson – Rosenburg, Texas
Mark Yamada – Honolulu, Hawaii
Charles Owens – Rosenburg, Texas
Travis Johnson – Irving, Texas
Kevin Paweleck – Rosenburg, Texas
Lance Smith – Irving, Texas
Charles Canknupp – San Antonio, Texas
Terry Jolly – Jonesboro, Ark.
David Montague – San Antonio, Texas
Joel Lovelady – Jonesboro, Ark.
Jay Fleming – Topeka, Kan.
Jesse Garcia – Kern, Calif.
Doug Case – Vancouver, Wash.
Mike Mosby – Kern, Calif.
Steve Johnson – Vancouver, Wash.
Winston Marchman – Kern, Calif.
Kevin Bruder – West Valley, Utah
Jim Andronski – Killingly, Conn.
Larry Cone – West Valley, Utah
Dave Poole – Killingly, Conn.
Brian Loffredo – Williamsport, Pa.
Jason Kuper – Killingly, Conn.
Joseph Allen – York, Pa.
David Wade – Kirkwood, N.Y.
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 Web site, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fritolay.
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses -- Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola -- also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, 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, including by conserving energy and water usage, 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 http://www.pepsico.com/.