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Rite Aid announces winner of trucker skills competition
September 4th, 2013
CAMP HILL, Pa. – A delivery truck driver from Rite Aid Corp.'s Lancaster, Calif., distribution center came out on top in the drug chain's 10th Annual National Driver Skills Challenge in Perryman, Md.
Rite Aid said Wednesday that William Plevney finished first in the trucker skills and safety event, followed by Lowell Lee of Rite Aid's Tuscaloosa, Ala., distribution center in second place and Roger Melton of the El Monte, Calif., facility in third place.
Altogether, Plevney, Lee and Melton have 70 years of driving experience, about half of that driving for Rite Aid.
The contest recognizes drivers based on American Trucking Association format challenges that test truckers' skills in three key areas: maneuvering behind the wheel, safety knowledge in a written test, and proper pretrip safety inspections.
"The competition was a great reflection on all our talented drivers, and I just happened to come out on top today," commented Plevney, whose delivery routes are in the greater Los Angeles area. He has a decade of driving experience, primarily for Rite Aid's South West Customer Service Center in Lancaster. "The level of skill and dedication to safety on display at the contest is what we do on a daily basis."
Plevney is a former Marine and LAPD officer who once worked security details for the pope and two U.S. presidents. His wife of more than 30 years also attended the July 20 event, which drew hundreds of associates from Rite Aid's 11 distribution centers and Thrifty Ice Cream plant.
"The Driver Skills Challenge is a wonderful way to celebrate the men and women who help us keep the shelves stocked at more than 4,600 Rite Aid locations nationwide," Wilson Lester, senior vice president of supply chain at Rite Aid, said in a statement. "I'd like to congratulate William and thank him and all of the drivers who competed for their commitment to road safety and customer service."