Ardmore, Okla. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, hosted its 7th Annual Forklift Rodeo National Championship on June 21, 2012 and Nick Blayney, warehouse order selector, put together a penalty-free run to capture his second straight rodeo title. Blayney posted the best overall time of 1 minute, 31 seconds in the Mule (otherwise known as the Electric Pallet Jack) category to capture the crown.
"They may not let me come anymore if I keep winning," joked Blayney, a four-year Dot employee who made his fourth appearance at nationals. "But I just try to go out there and have a good time and stay calm. I really wanted to win it this year to defend my title."
Blayney has been with Dot Foods since 2008 and works the day shift at the Dot Foods Distribution Center in Ardmore. He was one of 30 employees competing in three different categories - Narrow Aisle, the Sitdown Lift Truck and the Mule (otherwise known as the Electric Pallet Jack). Blayney has appeared at nationals on all three pieces of equipment and his previous appearances were while representing the Idaho Distribution Center. The winners from each category will enjoy their choice of one of seven all-expense paid vacations: Las Vegas; Nassau, Bahamas; Clearwater Beach, FL; Universal Studios in Orlando, FL; New Orleans; Cozumel, Mexico; or a Carnival Cruise. "I'm thinking about taking the cruise, if not there maybe Universal Studios. As long as it's somewhere warm," Blayney said.
Contestants were penalized for contacting walls, improper stops, horn usage and dropping the basketball. This ensured that contestants practiced the same safe habits in the competition that they use daily in the workplace.
"Safety is always the overriding theme of the event. This year the course was more technically challenging which reduced the speed and increased the need for safe operation of the equipment," said Howard Bryerton, New York warehouse manager and Forklift Rodeo coordinator. "Many of the contestants as well as spectators commented on the difference this year compared to years past."
About Dot Foods
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 600 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.