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UPS Honors Oregon Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

February 26, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 18 elite drivers from Oregon 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.

Oregon boasts 108 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,054 years of accident-free driving. Joseph Chambers of Wilsonville is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,734 total full-time UPS drivers in Oregon.

“The significance of this achievement by our drivers is immeasurable to our organization and to the communities where they live and work,” said Northwest District President Joe Braham. “It takes laser focus to maintain such an outstanding safety record. I hold the highest regard for our Circle of Honor inductees.”

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 worldwide 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 – 68 million times. And they’ve done it while helping to deliver 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.

** 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 Oregon drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Adams, Richard Blachly Springfield ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Bragg, Jeffrey Eugene Eugene ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Cash, Jeffrey Eugene Eugene ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Christensen, Kurt Salem Salem ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Garrett, Randolph Lincoln City Newport ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Goodwin, Michael Oregon City Portland ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Helsel, Kenneth Cottage Grove Eugene ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Hosley, David Portland Portland ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Lindbloom, James Eugene Eugene ------------------ ------------- ----------------- McCracken, Steven Sutherlin Roseburg ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Mitchell, Gary Aloha Deschutes ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Perini, Brett Pleasant Hill Springfield ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Sandgathe, Michael Eugene Eugene ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Schueller, Ronald Redmond Deschutes ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Stevenson, Michael Dundee Portland ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Tucker, Keith Portland Portland ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Van Vleet, John Portland Portland ------------------ ------------- ----------------- Wheeler, Kendra Salem Salem ------------------ ------------- -----------------

Contact: UPS Public Relationspr@ups.com