Wednesday, February 9, 2011

UPS Honors Georgia Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 49 elite drivers from Georgia are among 1,122 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.

“UPS puts a premium on safe-driving methods and training, and these drivers represent the best of the industry”

Georgia boasts 232 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 6,670 years of accident-free driving. Robert Millican Jr. of Flintstone is Georgia’s senior safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for fifth best safe driving record among UPS’s 102,00 drivers.

Globally, 5,248 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 147,244 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 188,000 times.

The number of new inductees represents the largest increase in new members in a single year in the company’s history.

“UPS puts a premium on safe-driving methods and training, and these drivers represent the best of the industry,” said Dow Dameron, president and chief operating officer, UPS South Atlantic District. “I’m very proud of these men and women. To go at least a quarter-of-a-century without an accident is a testament to the effectiveness of that training and to the pride our people take in their jobs.”

Nationally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Ron Sowder of UPS’s Ohio Valley District, with 49 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Great Lakes District is next in line with 48 years of safe driving. Twenty-five 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 averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. There are 2,574 total UPS drivers in Georgia.

UPS invested $53 million in 2010 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” New UPS tractor-trailer drivers receive 80 hours of classroom and on-the-road training and UPS package car drivers receive 20 hours of classroom and on-the-road defensive driving training before operating equipment. Package car drivers also complete three safety ride evaluations during their first 22 days on the job.

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 the Circle of Honor in 1955.

Following is a list of Georgia drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
 
Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Antone Belk   Mcdonough   Forest Park
Bobby Bradshaw   Rome   Pleasantdale Hub
Waymon Brown   Lithia Springs   Pleasantdale Hub
Robert Caldwell   Douglasville   Atlanta Hub
Patrick Canupp   Watkinsville   Athens
Rowland Carros   Acworth   Pleasantdale Hub
Eugene Carter   Tifton   Tifton
Billy Cavender   Bowdon   Atlanta Hub
Danny Clark   Flowery Branch   Pleasantdale Hub
Patrick Conn   Carrollton   Atlanta Hub
Kerry Creel   Loganville   Pleasantdale Hub
Jeff Cross   Bogart   Pleasantdale Hub
Vincent Daniels   Decatur   Pleasantdale Hub
Larry Doolittle Jr   Mcdonough   Pleasantdale Hub
Walter Durrett   Stockbridge   Forest Park
Michael Evans   Lilburn   Pleasantdale Hub
Robert Fennell   Odum   Waycross
David Gamblin   Temple   Pleasantdale Hub
Terry Gibson   Marietta   Pleasantdale Hub
Michael Green   Gainesville   Carnesville
Gary Hadden   Lilburn   Pleasantdale Hub
Darrel Hagan   Dearing   Warrenton
Alan Hawkins   Tucker   Pleasantdale Hub
Jesse Henry   Adrian   Swainsboro
Jerry Hill   Murrayville   Gainesville
Mark Howell   Watkinsville   Pleasantdale Hub
David Eugene Hughes   Thomson   Warrenton
Lester Ingle   Columbus   Columbus
Joseph Ivey   Loganville   Pleasantdale Hub
Kenneth Johnson   Kingston   Rome
Kenneth Steven Johnson   Twin City   Swainsboro
Reddrick Johnson   Albany   Albany Center
Carl Lehmann   Dacula   Pleasantdale Hub
Karl Lockhart   Leesburg   Albany Center
Forrest McGahee   Decatur   Pleasantdale Hub
Larry David Parker   Dawsonville   Roswell
James Pope   Tifton   Tifton
Henry Prock   Lawrenceville   Pleasantdale Hub
Theotis Rozier   Macon   Macon
Gill Allen Salter   Cartersville   Acworth Center
Harold Boyd Shuman Jr   Richmond Hill   Savannah
Otis Sims   College Park   Atlanta Hub
Anthony Smith   Stockbridge   Forest Park
Allen Spence   Carrollton   Atlanta Hub
Terry Swindle   Gainesville   Gainesville
Charles Traylor   Hahira   Valdosta
James Stanley Westbrook   Austell   Atlanta Hub
Billy Wayne Whitaker   Warrenton   Warrenton
Theosia Williams   Douglasville   Pleasantdale Hub     

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