UPS Honors Illinois Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 74 elite drivers from Illinois are among 1,519 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.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved”
Illinois boasts 344 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 9,811 years of accident-free driving. Ralph Lendi of Tinley Park is the state’s senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 4,819 total UPS drivers in Illinois.
Globally, 7,221 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up over 198,000 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 Joe Picone, president, UPS Illinois District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 51 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of the Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 45 years of safe driving. Forty others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.
UPS invested $175 million in 2013 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company’s defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.
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.
More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.
A complete list by state of new Circle of Honor inductees, infographic and a logo can be found at www.upsprmedia.com/circleofhonor2014.zip.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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Following is a list of Illinois drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Timothy Allen||Argenta||Decatur Hub|
|Donato Bellino||Glen Ellyn||Addison|
|Terrell Binion||Forest Park||Addison|
|Denise Bridwell||Springfield||Decatur Hub|
|Jerry Bruno||Homewood||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Country Club Hills||Jefferson Hub|
|Enrique Campos Jr||Loves Park||Rockford Air Hub|
|Christopher Caskey||West Chicago||Addison|
|Armengol Chavez||Chicago||Jefferson Hub|
|Dennis Ciolek||Chicago||Jefferson Hub|
|Alphonso Clark||Calumet City||Jefferson Hub|
|Richard Day||New Berlin||Jacksonville|
|Mark Eggert||Oak Forest||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Robert Feyerabend Jr||Quincy||Quincy|
|George Fischer||Melrose Park||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Reginald Fleming||Chicago||Jefferson Hub|
|Richard Forney Jr.||Cary||Northbrook|
|Donald Franch||W Chicago||Franklin Park|
|R Tim Hendrickson||Mattoon||Indianapolis 81st|
|James Hill||Plainfield||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Michael Jage||Chicago||Jefferson Hub|
|Stephen Janulis||Palos Hills||Jefferson Hub|
|Robert Kocanda||Burr Ridge||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Joseph Kochan||Oaklawn||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Joseph Kurr||Addison||Addison A Building|
|Lawrence Lingar||Romeoville||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Frank Lucchese||Gilberts||Franklin Park|
|Richard Lugowski||Darien||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Steve Makowski||Vernon Hills||Northbrook|
|Gregory McCoy||Carbondale||Indianapolis 81st|
|Brian Mekoola||Channahon||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Dennis Morse||Sullivan||Decatur Center|
|Gregory Nantkes||Staunton||St. Louis|
|Thomas Nielsen||Palatine||Franklin Park|
|Joseph Nowik||Buffalo Grove||Northbrook|
|Wayne Orrico||Tinley Park||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Robert Price||Joliet||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Charles Radcliff Jr||Matteson||Chicago Area Consolidated Hub|
|Richard Rawlings||Aurora||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Gregory Ryan||Mapleton||Decatur Hub|
|Charles Snook Jr||Westville||Danville|
|Douglas Soriano||Elk Grove Village||Northbrook|
|Jeffery Stielow||Pontiac||Decatur Hub|
|Robert Strelzyk||Chicago||Bedford Park|
|Dwane Sullivan||Tinley Park||Jefferson Hub|
|Welton Towns||Chicago||Chicago Area Consolidation Hub|
|Wilfredo Vasquez||Chicago||Jefferson Hub|
|Ronald Waite||Decatur||Decatur Hub|
|Rayford Walker Jr||Markham||Jefferson Hub|
|Michael Welchlen||Marine||Earth City|