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BOC driver inducted into Driver Hall of Fame

May 16, 2005
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A BOC truck driver who has driven safely for nearly 50 years, accumulating over five million miles, has become the seventh BOC driver inducted into the National Private Truck Council''s (NPTC) Driver Hall of Fame, Business Wire reports. Erwin Deelsnyder, who is based at BOC''s carbon dioxide plant in Pekin, Ill., is the fifth BOC driver in the last five years to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. To be elected to the NPTC Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, a driver must be an employee of an NPTC member company and have met the minimum qualifications of 20 years, 2 million miles or 50,000 hours of driving without a preventable accident. Deelsnyder, 67, had nearly two million miles on the road before joining BOC in 1975. He started driving for his father at the age of 17, delivering limestone and fertilizer to farms throughout the Midwest. After joining BOC, Deelsnyder drove for locations in Iowa and Illinois before coming to the Pekin facility in 1982. Erwin was inducted into the Hall of Fame at NPTC''s Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 26. Since the NPTC Hall of fame was founded in 1987, 76 drivers have been inducted.
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