UPS Honors Minnesota Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Minnesota Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 23 elite drivers from Minnesota are among 1,283 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 141 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,060 years of accident-free driving. Raymond Welk of Nowthen is the state's senior safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for fourth best driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 1,539 total UPS drivers in Minnesota.

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Jill Schubert, president, UPS Northern Plains District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven 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 2012 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

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** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin

Following is a list of Minnesota drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Darrell Anderson Oakdale Minneapolis
Randall Ash Rochester Rochester
Dale Bergquist Maplewood St. Paul Hub
John Borgen Moorhead Fargo
Lewis Cole New London Willmar
Mark Counter Slayton Granite Falls
James Dean Eden Prairie St. Paul Hub
Jeffrey Franke Minneapolis Maple Grove
Edwin Ghostley Champlin Maple Grove
Dennis Hawley Inver Grove Hts. St. Paul Hub
Michael Hoff Moorhead Fargo
David Hough Eagan St. Paul Hub
Randy Kissner Morris Morris
Timothy Melich Burnsville St. Paul Hub
Gregory Nobbe Dayton Minneapolis

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Mark Notermann Shakopee St. Paul Hub
Linda Paige Grand Rapids Gunn (Grand Rapids)
Richard Schetinski Centerville Maple Grove
Steven Sebek Erhard Fergus Falls
Richard Swords Rosemount St. Paul Hub
Terrence Thiel Moorhead Fargo
Terry Verch Farmington St. Paul Hub
Theodore Zempel Chisago City Minneapolis

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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