Local UPS driver honored for 25 years of safe driving

LUDINGTON — UPS driver Kenneth Gutowski, of Manistee, was recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving.

Gutowski has worked at the Ludington office during his nearly 30 year-career.

He along with 65 other elite drivers from Michigan are among 1,613 newly inducted into the company’s honorary organization.

UPS driver Kenneth Gutowski, of Manistee, was recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving. He will receive a patch and a jacket for the honor. (Courtesy photo)

UPS driver Kenneth Gutowski, of Manistee, was recently inducted into UPS’s prestigious Circle of Honor for achieving 25 years of accident-free driving. He will receive a patch and a jacket for the honor. (Courtesy photo)

“It’s a very big deal. The drivers get patches they can wear on their uniforms identifying them as a Circle of Honor driver,” said Colin Billingsley, supervisor at the Ludington office.

Billinsley said that Gutowski takes a lot of pride in his work.

“He takes his job very seriosly,” he said. “He’s one of the first drivers here in the morning. He never complains. He is beloved by his customers. They absolutely love him.”

Gutowski’s route encompasses Hart and Walkerville.

“He rarely misses work. He’s a consumate professional,” Billingsley said. “We use him as an example to a lot of our drivers.”

There are 3,157 total UPS drivers in Michigan.

Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers.

Michigan boasts 280 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 7,798 years of accident-free driving. Thomas Camp, of Livonia, is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 53 years of accident-free driving under his belt, ranking him the safest driver among UPS’s 102,000 drivers.

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

UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.

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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