UPS Honors Minnesota Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 17 elite drivers from Minnesota 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.

Minnesota boasts 152 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,384 years of accident-free driving. Raymond Welk of Nowthen is the state's senior safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,769 total UPS drivers in Minnesota.

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 Louis Rivieccio, president, UPS Northern Plains District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., 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 Minnesota drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Atkinson, Robert Lake Crystal Mankato
Byzewski, Darrell Champlin Maple Grove
Cardinal, James Blaine Maple Grove
Dekruif, Douglas Sacred Heart St. Paul Hub
Gliniany, James Bloomington Minneapolis
Koester, Ronald Glencoe Glencoe
Lien, Brent Elk River Minneapolis
Mathison, Perry Saint Michael Maple Grove
Minkin, Donald St. Paul Minneapolis
Naslund, Gerald Thief River Falls Thief River Falls
Ostlund, Charles Minnetonka Minneapolis
Perreault, John Clearwater St. Paul Hub
Read, Larry Buffalo Maple Grove
Schmid, Alan Savage St. Paul Hub
Thompson, Jeffery Bemidji Bemidji
Todnem, Leslie Saint James St. James
Watland, Jeffry Blaine Maple Grove

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Source: UPS