UPS Honors South Carolina Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 24 elite drivers from South Carolina 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.

South Carolina boasts 142 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,018 years of accident-free driving. Roosevelt Green of Columbia is the state's senior safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,636 total UPS drivers in South Carolina.

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 Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS South Atlantic 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 South Carolina drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Bowles, Robert Pelion Columbia Hub
Calhoun, John Calhoun Falls Greenwood Center
Chapman, Troy Columbia Columbia Hub
Cleary, Kevin Columbia Columbia Hub
Foster, Ronald Taylors Spartanburg Center
Harris Jr, Wendell Piedmont Greenville
Hendrix, Harold Lexington Columbia Hub
Hill, Claude Columbia Columbia Hub
Johnson, Gregory Conway Myrtle Beach Center
Jones, David Chesnee Spartanburg Center
Knudsen Jr, Donald Goose Creek Columbia Hub
Lever, Wesley Lexington Columbia Hub
McLaughlin, Benjamin Florence Florence Center
McManus, Ronald Lexington Columbia Hub
Metz, Michael Iva Greenwood Center
Moore, Scotty Lexington Columbia Hub
Norwood, Maxie Florence Columbia Hub
Reece, Donald Conway Myrtle Beach Center
Stafford, Joseph Goose Creek Charleston Center
Stepp II, Aaron N. Myrtle Beach Greensboro Hub
Tabor, William North Augusta Aiken Center
Thompson, Gradlin Florence Florence Center
Tinsley Jr, Roger Boiling Springs Spartanburg Center
Wiley, Timothy Darlington Florence Center

CONTACT: Dan McMackin

Source: UPS