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UPS Honors Arizona Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPS Honors Arizona Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving10:00 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 16 elite drivers from Arizona 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. Arizona boasts 67 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 1,936 years of accident-free driving. Robert Kocks of Cave Creek is the state's senior safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,523 total UPS drivers in Arizona. 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 Gerald Mattes, president, UPS West Region. 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 http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety. 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 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 at dmcmackin@ups.com. Following is a list of Arizona drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.   Driver       Hometown       UPS Work Location Tim Avila       Glendale       Phoenix Hub Nicholas Battafarano       Phoenix       Estrella Michael Benson       Chandler       Mesa Brenda Charles       Sierra Vista       Sierra Vista Jeff Eide       Tucson       Tucson Donald Evans Jr       Gilbert       Phoenix Hub David Felder Jr       Glendale       Phoenix Hub Jeffrey Henson       Wickenburg       Gila Bend Center James Knightly       Prescott       Prescott Valley Eric Love       Peoria       Phoenix Hub Timothy Miller       Mesa       Phoenix Hub Nick Miller       Coolidge       Casa Grande Jeffrey Pence       Wellton       Phoenix Hub James Pirkl       Phoenix       Phoenix Hub Dale Putman       Surprise       Phoenix Hub Troy Walter       Phoenix       Estrella UPSDan McMackin, 404-828-7123dmcmackin@ups.com