Holiday Express of Estherville celebrated its annual truck driver appreciation day on Friday.
The Estherville Lincoln Central Marching Band provided entertainment prior to the driver appreciation program.
Holiday Express vice president Merle "Bubs" Johnson said a driver appreciation day has been held for drivers the past 14 years.
The Estherville Lincoln Central High School Marching Band and Color Guard performed at the Holiday Express Driver Appreciation Luncheon on Friday.
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He said driving a truck is much different when he did it.
"Now there is six times the traffic and everyone is in the way," Johnson said. "Part of the job for a truck driver is to protect the motoring public."
Holiday Express Safety Director Sheila Schichtl presented some statistics.
There are 3.1 million profession truck drivers in the United States. Eighty-eight of them work for Holiday Express.
"Truck drivers are a big part of the necessity to make the economy move," Schichtl said.
Truck drivers travel over 400 billion miles a year with Holiday Express drivers accounting for about 10.5 million of them.
Johnson thanked the local area businesses that support Holiday Express.
Among them were GKN Wheels, for whom Holiday Express hauls about 3,500 loads per year, Dakota Pack (about 900 loads per year), Mid-American (about 500 loads per year) and Estherville Foods (about 250 loads per year).
Holiday Express also purchases approximately 250,000 gallons of fuel from Houseman Oil.
Schichtl recognized drivers who have over 1 million crash-free miles.
Pat Dillon, 1,025,614 miles
Charles Henningsen, 2,062,067 miles
Chris Hyde 1,017,958 miles
Tom Lewis 2,060,408 miles
Paul Martens 2,074,037 miles
Holiday Express drivers have driven around 55 million crash-free miles.
Other drivers were recognized for years of employment at Holiday Express.