DETROIT, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 57 elite drivers from Michigan are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.
Michigan boasts 251 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,015 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp of Livonia is the state's senior safe driver, with 52 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 2,894 total UPS drivers in Michigan.
Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.
"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Stefan Wilson, president, UPS Great Lakes District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.
Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.
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Following is a list of Michigan drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Bawol, Andrew||Clinton Township||Madison Heights|
|Beveridge, William||Westland||Livonia Hub|
|Bishop, Frederick||Athens||Battle Creek Center|
|Bohner, Edward||Clarkston||Madison Heights|
|Bollman, John||Bay City||Saginaw|
|Burns, Robert||St. Clair Shores||Woodbridge|
|Clash, Chris||Kingsford||Iron Mountain Center|
|Cooper, Kevin||Indian River||Petoskey|
|Cote, Gary||Chassell||Houghton Center|
|Crane, William||Wyoming||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Cutsy, Paul||Westland||Livonia Hub|
|Green, Stephen||Clyde Township||Port Huron|
|Greer Ii, Robert||Lansing||Lansing|
|Huff, Suzanne||Utica||Madison Heights|
|Joachimi, David||Rockford||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Kiehle, Randall||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Koltonowski, Joseph||Battle Creek||Battle Creek Center|
|Laskowski, Bryan||Livonia||Madison Heights|
|Ludwig, Patrick||Pleasant Lake||Jackson|
|Mackensen Jr, Ronald||Port Huron||Port Huron|
|Marchwinski, Daniel||Sterling Heights||Woodbridge|
|Marohn, Ronald||Sparta||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Marvin, Mark||Sterling Hts||Madison Heights|
|Michalak, Keith||Westland||Livonia Hub|
|Neilson, James||Waterford||Madison Heights|
|Schwemin, Patty Jo||Marquette||Marquette|
|Slack, David||Grand Ledge||Lansing|
|Vercammen, John||West Branch||West Branch Center|
|Watkins, Ted||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids Hub|
|Weishuhn, Alan||Bay City||Saginaw|
|Wheeler, Michael||Livonia||Livonia Hub|
|Wolske, Matthew||Eau Claire||St. Joseph Center|
|Zub Jr, Walter||Monroe||Monroe|
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