UPS Honors Minnesota Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 33 elite drivers from Minnesota are among 1,613 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 148 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,231 years of accident-free driving. Raymond Welk of Nowthen is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 45 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,878 total UPS drivers in Minnesota.

Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 times.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Trayce Parker, president, UPS Northern Plains District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 53 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Sixty-six 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.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Altenhofen, MarkOronoMaple Grove
Bailey, GregBlaineMinneapolis
Broze, ThomasSavageSt. Paul
Castle, EdwardRoseauThief River Falls
Chavez, RobertSt. PaulMinneapolis
Churchill, DavidSt. PaulSt. Paul
Dubay, JimmySt. PaulMinneapolis
Fettig, RobertPelican RapidsFargo
Gabriel, PatrickMaplewoodMinneapolis
Harren, ScottMounds ViewMaple Grove
Kach, RandyAlbert LeaSt. Paul
Kordahl, JoelDuluthDuluth
Maddaus, RichardNew PragueSt. Paul
Marquis, DavidBlaineMaple Grove
Nelson, DavidSandstoneIsanti
Novak, BryanCoon RapidsMinneapolis
Oberg, JerryLino LakesMaple Grove
Olson, AllenFaribaultFaribault
Overas, MichaelSt. PaulMinneapolis
Petroske, RonaldForest LakeMinneapolis
Powers, MichaelCircle PinesMaple Grove
Radmer, GeneWoodburySt. Paul
Rees, ScottPrior LakeSt. Paul
Ringgold, RolfCircle PinesMinneapolis
Schaefer, BruceEaganSt. Paul
Stenberg, ToddSt. AnthonyMinneapolis
Swails, DerekLakevilleMinneapolis
Tersteeg, StevenRamseyMaple Grove
Urista, BruceOtsegoMinneapolis
Vetsch, DavidClearwaterSt. Cloud
Weber, JefferyDetroit LakesDetroit Lakes
Williams, GeoffreyLakevilleSt. Paul
Woods, MichaelFergus FallsFergus Falls

Contact: UPS Public Relations

Source: UPS