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UPS Honors New Jersey Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 43 elite drivers from New Jersey 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.

New Jersey boasts 239 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,756 years of accident-free driving. George Lodovico of Vineland is the state's senior safe driver, with 44 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 3,535 total UPS drivers in New Jersey.

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 George Brooks, president, UPS East Region.

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.

** NOTE: The following table lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you're interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at dmcmackin@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

Following is a list of New Jersey drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Baldwin Jr, John Paterson Meadowlands
Branagan, Brian Manalapan Edison
Brinkerhoff, Darren Toms River Edison
Brockman, Bruce Great Meadows Parsippany
Buldo, Claude South Hackensack Meadowlands
Carlson, Ralph Manasquan Lakewood
Colomier, Alfred Fair Lawn Saddle Brook
Coto, Francis Parlin Gould Ave
Dickerson, Darin Bloomfield Meadowlands
Doster Jr, Gerard Rockaway Parsippany
Ferreira, Anthony Kearny Meadowlands
Forziati, Wayne Manahawkin Edison
Frei, Robert Saddle Brook Saddle Brook
Fresco, Anthony West Orange Edison
Geiger, Robert Hillsborough Bound Brook
Herz, Christopher Highland Lakes Parsippany
Kalivas, Terry Franklin Lakes Saddle Brook
Kelly, Maurice Hainesport Edison
Kuehn, Peter Pennington Trenton
Kvederas, Christopher Green Brook Edison
Mattingly, Henry Flemington Bound Brook
Michael Kieb Ledgewood Parsippany
Mikson, Karin Brick Lakewood
Mooney, Ronald Hawthorne Saddle Brook
Mozak, Andrew Lanoka Harbor Lakewood
Nagel, Roy Newton Parsippany
Nuviola, Arquimedes Paterson Meadowlands
Odom, Charles Irvington Meadowlands
Padron, Victor Piscataway Edison
Salayi, James New Monmouth Tinton Falls
Shimko III, John Toms River Lakewood
Sihelnick, Mark Stockholm Parsippany
Smith, Jerry Colonia Parsippany
Stagg III, David Freehold Edison
Stout, Michael East Brunswick Tinton Falls
Taylor, Kevin Hazlet Lakewood
Tornatore, Thomas Vernon Saddle Brook
Unger, Steven Wayne Parsippany
William Brazel Ramsey Saddle Bk
Fraleigh, Robert Mays Landing Pleasantville
Kelley, Vincent Oceanview Pleasantville
Konzelman, Kenneth Audubon Lawnside
Murphy, Eileen Blackwood Lawnside

CONTACT: Dan McMackin dmcmackin@ups.com

Source: UPS