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UPS Honors Wisconsin Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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MILWAUKEE, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 36 elite drivers from Wisconsin are among 1,436 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. 

Wisconsin boasts 171 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,731 years of accident-free driving. Ronald Gebauer of Greenfield is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 36 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,734 total full-time UPS drivers in Wisconsin.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Stephanie Dexter, president, UPS Northern Plains District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 56 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 50 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 125,000 small package drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging close to 4 billion miles a year and delivering 5.2 billion packages annually. 

Collectively, these drivers have achieved more than 298,957 years of safe driving throughout their careers. That’s enough time behind the wheel to drive non-stop from Miami to San Diego – over 68 million times. And they’ve done it while delivering 3 percent of the world’s GDP – 20 million packages a day.

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.

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** NOTE: The following page lists local drivers by hometown and UPS center.  If you’re interested in interviewing a local driver, please contact UPS Public Relations at pr@ups.com. Visit pressroom.ups.com for multimedia assets.

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

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Alvarez, Antonio Oak Creek Oak Creek
Ayala, Jesus Wisconsin Dells Middleton
Baker, Duncan Watertown Watertown
Beerbohm, Jeffrey Watertown Watertown
Belanger, Lee Wausau Wausau
Bower, Timothy Mosinee Stevens Point
Bramschreiber, Randy Bonduel Green Bay
Bryant, Steven Byron Oshkosh
Desmith, Michael Hudson Baldwin
Donohue, Brian Endeavor Lake Delton
Hackbarth, Gary Evansville Lake Delton
Heida, James New Berlin Oak Creek
Held, Greta Glendale Oak Creek
Hurtado, Rick Mukwonago Oak Creek
Kauk, Daniel Albany Janesville
Kirsch, Mark Fremont Oshkosh
Klapper, Dennis Montello Madison
Klatt, Ross Wausau Wausau
Koeune, Joseph Winneconne Oshkosh
Launer, Robert Oostburg Sheboygan
Miller, Tim Mosinee Wausau
Mistele, John Madison Middleton
Monty, Joseph Wauwatosa Elm Grove
Moy, Andy Hartland Elm Grove
O'Dwyer, John Brookfield Oak Creek
Orvis, Mark Wausau Stevens Point
Peterson, Scott Amherst Stevens Point
Scharrer, Kurt Brillion Sheboygan
Solis, Xavier West Milwaukee Oak Creek
Stawicki, Paul Franklin Oak Creek
Sutton, Charles Sun Prairie Madison
Wilde, Robert Wausau Wausau
Wirkus, Steve Wausau Wausau
Wissell, William Berlin Oshkosh
Zeman, James Oconomowoc Watertown
Zmuda, John Stevens Point Wausau

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