UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 12 elite drivers from Arkansas 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. Arkansas boasts 72 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,014 years of accident-free driving. Walter Jordan Jr. of Dermott and Michael Wear of Fort Smith are the state’s senior safe drivers, each with 35 years of accident-free driving under their belts. There are 738 total UPS drivers in Arkansas. 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 Judith Henry, president, UPS Central Plains 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. ** NOTE: The following is a list of local drivers by hometown and UPS center. If you’re interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at email@example.com . Following is a list of Arkansas drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Timothy Davis||Colt||Forrest City|
|Billy Diggs||Little Rock||Little Rock|
|Alfred Englehart||N. Little Rock||Little Rock|
|Michelle Guthrie||Texarkana||Texarkana, TX|
|Joseph Lander||Bryant||Little Rock|
|Willie McGraw||Hot Springs||Little Rock|
|Mitchell Smith||Conway||Little Rock|
|Hugh Williams||Vilonia||Little Rock|
|Tommy Bush Jr.||Pine Bluff||Pine Bluff|