UPS Honors Wisconsin Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 30 elite drivers from Wisconsin 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.

Wisconsin boasts 41 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 1,033 years of accident-free driving. Howard Koller of Genoa City is the state's senior safe driver, with 29 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,741 total UPS drivers in Wisconsin.

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 Circle of Honor drivers in Wisconsin.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Bortko, Larry Bristol Palatine
Teister, Edward Bristol Northbrook
Beuke, Arthur Tomahawk Rhinelander
Bjornstad, David Onalaska La Crosse
Brandner, Gary Menomonee Falls Elm Grove
Caflisch Iii, Gordon Baraboo Lake Delton
Dillender, Richard Waukesha Elm Grove
Drake Jr, Sheldon Glendale Oak Creek
Droessler, Steven Platteville Dodgeville
Edwards, Kennith Milwaukee Oak Creek
Gaston, Donald Milwaukee Oak Creek
Gill, Douglas Cudahy Oak Creek
Gjertson, Wayne Stoughton Middleton Center
Harris, William De Forest Middleton Center
Irek, Brian Racine Sturtevant/Lakeside
Janous, Terry Campbellsport Oshkosh
Jones, Daniel Janesville Janesville
Keiner, Kevin Cottage Grove Madison
Loomis, James Beloit Janesville
Mashak, Bruce Cashton La Crosse
Pantel, Steven Sheboygan Sheboygan
Reetz, Jeffrey Fall Creek Eau Claire Center
Scholl, Terry Waukesha Oak Creek
Schultz, Richard Deer Park Baldwin
Schwartz, Jerry La Crosse La Crosse
Strong, Merl La Crosse La Crosse
Trevorrow, Eldon Waukesha Oak Creek
Tripi Sr, Lewis Watertown Oak Creek
Van Natta, Terry Platteville Dodgeville
Winkelman, John Deerfield Elm Grove

CONTACT: Dan McMackin

Source: UPS