Wednesday, October 8, 2008

25 Elite Local Drivers Added to UPS ''Circle of Honor''

(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 25 elite drivers from Georgia are among 692 nationwide newly inducted into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Georgia boasts 191 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 5,489 years of accident-free driving. Robert Millican, Jr. of Flintstone and Carleton Byrd, Jr. of Savannah are Georgias senior safe drivers, with 39 years each of accident-free driving.

Nationwide, 4,582 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively theyve racked up 129,632 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of 10,000 trips to the moon and back.

UPS puts a premium on safe driving methods and training and these drivers reflect that commitment, said Rocco Romanella, president, UPS Southeast Region. Im very proud of these drivers. To go at least a quarter of a century without an accident is a testament to how seriously our drivers, and trainers, take safety.

Nationally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Ron Sowder of UPSs Kentucky District, with 46 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Michigan District is next in line with 45 years of safe driving. Eight others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPSs 112,450 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 2.5 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. There are 2,640 total UPS drivers in Georgia.

UPS has invested approximately $53 million in 2008 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 delivery truck drivers receive 20 hours of classroom and on-the-road defensive driving training before operating equipment. Delivery drivers also are required to 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.

More information on UPSs commitment to safety is available at

Following is a list of drivers in Georgia inducted this year into the Circle of Honor with 25 years of safe driving.

Work Center Driver Residence
Jeffery Ervin
Ringgold, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Ken Bargie
Lithonia, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Cecil Brown
Doraville, GA
Forest Park
Julius Camp
McDonough, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Jeffery Crowley
Newnan, GA
Atlanta Hub
Gregory Delaney
Ellenwood, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
James Francis
Suwanee, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Robert Franks Jr
Stone Mountain, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Joseph Garner
Suwanee, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Bennie Gray
Lithonia, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Raynard Green
Stone Mountain, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Robert Kimbrell
Cumming, GA
William McBride
Barnesville, GA
Pleasantdale Hub
Thomas Parker
Woodstock, GA
Forest Park
Randall Pettigrew
Conyers, GA
Atlanta Hub
Robert Reeves
Villa Rica, GA
Atlanta Hub
Larry Rich
Fairburn, GA
Atlanta Hub
Omar Waajid
Lithonia, GA
Atlanta Hub
James Walls
McDonough, GA
Atlanta Hub
Steve Wilson
Douglasville, GA
Lyndon Childs
Unadilla, GA
Lester Ingle
Columbus, GA
William Johnson
Brunswick, GA
Wayne Morris
Soperton, GA
Forrest Wayne
Ocilla, GA

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