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Posted Sunday, January 31, 2010
Siler City, NC - UPS announced 48 elite drivers from North Carolina are among 928 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. Among the honorees is Charles Cook of Siler City.
North Carolina boasts 193 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 5,464 years of accident-free driving. Lucas Delano of Fayetteville is North Carolina's senior safe driver, with 39 years of accident-free driving under his belt.
Globally, 4,793 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 136,091 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 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 Rocco Romanella, president, UPS Southeast Region. "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 Kentucky District, with 48 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Michigan District is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Fifteen 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 3.3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. There are 2,786 total UPS drivers in North Carolina.
UPS invested $52 million in 2009 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 Circle of Honor drivers in North Carolina.
Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Jerry Akins Charlotte Charlotte
Gerald Anderson Arden Charlotte
Kevin Barlow Hickory Statesville
Steve Bell Thomasville High Point
Charles Brockington Greensboro Greensboro
Clifton Brown Garner Raleigh
Richard Butler Jacksonville Jacksonville
Tammy Byrd Benson Raleigh
James Cauble Jr. Mooresville Charlotte
Kenneth Coffey Charlotte Charlotte
Douglas Connor Tuckasegee Sylva
Charles Cook Siler City Greensboro
Charles Dagenhart Kernersville Greensboro
Larry Dulin Jr Charlotte Charlotte
Freddie Emory Indian Trail Charlotte
John Fant Greensboro Greensboro
Thomas Fuller Knightdale Raleigh
David George Gastonia Gastonia
Joseph Gough Winston Salem Greensboro
Jerry Helms Jr Rockwell Kannapolis
Gary Homesley Gastonia Charlotte
Mark Hoover Asheboro High Point
Steve James Clemmons Winston Salem
Gerald Johnson High Point High Point
Larry Kiser Jr Charlotte Charlotte
Richard Langevin Clemmons Winston Salem
Randy Lankford Concord Monroe
Steven Lawrence Hickory Winston Salem
David Linker Kannapolis Salisbury
Edward Lloyd Archdale Greensboro
Gerry Loftin Hickory Hickory
Jake Massey III Charlotte Monroe
Kenneth Mcguire Burlington Greensboro
Kenneth Mobley Lewisville Winston Salem
Willie Moore Charlotte Charlotte
David Norris Charlotte Charlotte
Robert Patton Jr Mint Hill Charlotte
Jerome Paxton Fayetteville Hopemills
Thomas Rhyne Wilmington Wilmington
Roger Ritter Whispering Pines Southern Pines
Michael Smith Rural Hall Greensboro
Thomas Stafford Jr Elon College Greensboro
Gerald Stallings Asheboro Greensboro
Jake Steinmetz Winterville Greenville
John Thornton Waxhaw Lancaster
Jimmy Trogdon Hope Mills Hopemills
Nelson Vinson Battleboro Rocky Mount
William Wortham Sanford Southern Pines
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