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Hy-Vee Celebrates 1-Million-Mile Driver Elmer Klataske

November 19, 2021 | News & Press Releases

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 19, 2021) — Hy-Vee, Inc. announces today that Elmer Klataske from the Chariton Distribution Center has reached the 1-million-mile mark for consecutive miles driven without a preventable accident. Klataske will become a member of the Hy-Vee Road of Gold Hall of Fame. 

On Saturday, Nov. 6, Klataske reached 1 million miles just outside of Chariton on his way to the Cherokee Distribution Center with a shuttle load. He is Chariton’s 96th driver to reach the milestone.

Klataske began his career at the Chariton Distribution Center in 1994, working in grocery, frozen and produce before becoming a truck driver in 2000.

The Hy-Vee Road of Gold program honors drivers who have achieved safe miles driven with a variety of gifts and a personalized gold- (1-million-mile safe driver) or black- (2-million-mile safe driver) painted Hy-Vee tractor to drive for five years.


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $12 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 3 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 91,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit