UPS Honors New Jersey Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Tue Feb 8, 2011 10:00am EST

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UPS Honors New Jersey Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 28 elite drivers from New Jersey are among 1,122 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.

New Jersey boasts 131 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,772 years of accident-free driving. Edward Olenginski of Seacaucus and George Lodovico of Vineland are New Jersey’s senior safe drivers, with 40 years each of accident-free driving under their belts, tying them for sixth best driving record among UPS’s 102,000 drivers.

Globally, 5,248 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 147,244 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 188,000 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 Mark Kemper, president and chief operating officer, UPS New Jersey District. “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 Ohio Valley District, with 49 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Great Lakes District is next in line with 48 years of safe driving. Twenty-five 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 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. There are 3,344 total UPS drivers in New Jersey.

UPS invested $53 million in 2010 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.

More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at

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

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
George Banka   Readington   Parsippany
Todd Beaupit   Smithville   Pleasantville Center - Pleasantville
Ronald Brown   Roselle   Meadowlands
Kenneth Brown   Atco   Easton
John Cooper   Saddlebrook   Meadowlands Hub
Robert Fitzsimmons   Cranford   Parsippany
Dennis Flynn   Bellmawr   Willow Grove
William Gaddis Jr   Sicklerville   Burtonsville
Thomas Giattino   Jackson   43rd Street
Kelly Gorman   Manalapan   Edison Hub
Allen Handzo   Saddle Brook   43rd Street
Jonathan Jenkins   Vineland   Woodbury Center - Lawnside
Serge Lamothe   Maplewood   43rd Street
James Lawrence   Mullica Hill   Burtonsville
James Lees   Marlton   Willow Grove
Jack Lutz   Wayne   Meadowlands
Scott McGahey   Forked River   Edison Hub
Stephen Mineo   North Arlington   Meadowlands Hub
Mark Nechay   Belvidere   Mount Olive
Raymond Niessner   Blackwood   Burtonsville
Kevin Payne   Haddon Field   Burtonsville
Patrick Pingitore   Fair Lawn   Saddle Brook
Mark Posik   Spotswood   Trenton
Donald Snedeker   Rocky Hill   Edison Hub
Glenn Spearman   Hillside   Gould Avenue
Edward Vacca Jr   Sewell   Philadelphia Air Hub
E John Whritenour   Hamburg   Parsippany
Daniel Yauch   North Brunswick   Edison Hub

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