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of safe driving," Erwin points out. One
other employee has been driving safely
for the cooperative for 30 years. "We try
to treat our employees like partners,"
Erwin emphasizes. "We can preach safety all we want, but that driver has to be
an ambassador for safety on the road."
In 2015, Clinton's Ditch Cooperative
received a first-place award for safety in
New York state for medium-size fleets
from the New York State Motor Truck
Association. The cooperative also has
received a second-place award for its
safety in the United States from the
National Private Truck Council.
One of the cooperative's drivers has
traveled 3 million miles safely, four
drivers have achieved 2 million miles of
safe driving and 11 drivers have a million
miles of safe driving. Erwin and the
cooperative's transportation supervisor,
Jim Helinger, provide safety training
and meetings for the cooperative.
"When we hire a driver, we educate

him on a lot of things other than driving," Erwin stresses. "A lot has to do with
personal and communication skills. We
stress professionalism with our drivers
at all times."
In-house Maintenance
Drivers are assigned to specific tractors
so they can monitor their operation regularly except for a few that are slip-seated. Maintenance including engine overhauls is performed at the cooperative's
in-house shop.
The cooperative's tractors last an
average of 15 years and trailers 20 years.
"We've got 16 of our tractors with well
over a million miles on them," Erwin
estimates. "We average about 120,000
miles a year per tractor. We have a pretty
aggressive preventive maintenance
schedule, so we know the lifecycle of
certain equipment.
"The Northeast is brutal on equipment for corrosion," he stresses. "The

stuff they use on the highways up here
in the winters is brutal on equipment."
Trucks usually are bought new. "Trailers
we sometimes buy new, sometimes used
- it depends on the budget for each year
and what's available," Erwin says.
The tractors are outfitted with
electronic logs, which include GPS to
indicate a tractor's location, speed and
direction of travel. The trailers sport
EkoSystem aerodynamic systems, which
include covering the entire bottom of
the trailer to eliminate wind drag as well
as corrosion. They also use Michelin
wide-base tires, and the cooperative has a
no-idling policy.
Erwin attributes the company's
success to his employees and the
customer satisfaction they deliver. "I'm
most proud of our safety record and the
job our guys do in those winter conditions," Erwin concludes. "Not only their
driving, but their work ethic. We've got a
really good group of guys."

// Every truck Clinton's Ditch sends out is
returned loaded with products produced at
other plants or raw materials for production.
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