Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, hosted its 7th Annual Forklift Rodeo National Championship on June 21, 2012 and Bobby Harris and the rest of the Illinois Frozen Warehouse came away with top honors. Harris posted the best overall time of 1 minute, 42 seconds, besting the closest competitor by 14 seconds, in the Narrow Aisle category to capture his first championship. A second-place finish on the Mule (otherwise known as the electric pallet jack) from Jon Moore and an eighth-place finish by Gary DeMoss on Sitdown Lift Truck helped the Frozen Warehouse secure the Distribution Center Championship.
Harris has been with Dot Foods since 2006 and works the day shift at the Dot Foods Distribution Center in Mt. Sterling. 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). Moore has been with Dot for over eight years and DeMoss has been employed there for 23 years. 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.
The Distribution Center Championship was determined by the distribution center whose three representatives combined for the lowest score based off their finishing rank. The Illinois Frozen Warehouse finished with 11 points, besting the Illinois Dry Warehouse and Dot's Maryland Distribution Center's score of 13. The top three distribution centers are given the privilege of staying in Mt. Sterling's luxurious Twin Hollows Lodge prior to the 2012 competition.
Contestants were penalized for contacting upright pallets, improper stops, horn usage and dropping a basketball that was loaded on their machine. 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.