MT. STERLING, Ill. (July 18, 2017) - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, congratulates  Mt. Sterling employee Zach Gould for earning top honors in the pallet jack competition at the company's 2017 Forklift Rodeo National Championship.  Gould, of Vermont, Illinois, is a 16-year employee of the dry goods warehouse at Dot's corporate headquarters in Mt. Sterling. He has been injury-free all 16 years, and this year marked his fourth appearance as a finalist in the National Championship. Gould last qualified for the finals three years ago on the stand up forklift. He's also been a finalist on the sit down forklift and five years ago was a runner up on the pallet jack.  

Each June, Dot brings finalists from all 10 of its distribution centers across the country to Mt. Sterling to face off in the Forklift Rodeo National Championship. The contestants are selected in regional competitions at each Dot location. Finalists qualify on one of four pieces of material handling equipment: pallet jack, forklift, narrow aisle or order picker. They must show mastery of their job duties and safety practices by navigating an obstacle course on their respective piece of equipment while balancing a trash can with a basketball on top of it. Participants are penalized for bumping into the walls of the course, improper stops, horn usage and dropping the basketball. Gould finished first in the pallet jack competition. Finalists from Dyersburg, Tennessee; Modesto, California; and Cambridge City, Indiana, took top prizes on the other three pieces of equipment.

"The Forklift Rodeo is an event we all look forward to each year," said Bryan Langston, Vice President of Warehousing. "It allows us to have a great time with members of our warehouse team from across the company, while recognizing the incredible skill and dedication of our employees. At Dot, we are committed to recognizing and rewarding great work, and this is one way we do that in the warehouse. Congratulations to all our winners for a job well done."

As a national champion, Gould wins his choice of an all-expense-paid vacation to one of the following destinations: Cancun, Mexico; Disney World; San Antonio, Texas; St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; Las Vegas; or a Caribbean cruise.

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation
Dot Foods Inc. carries 118,000 products from 835 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates ten U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; and University Park, Illinois. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit

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