Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, is hosting its 7th Annual Forklift Rodeo to thank its employees and to show off its best wranglers!  As a way to show their appreciation for their employees' commitment to quality and safety, Dot Foods invited their employees at Mt. Sterling to test their warehouse skills in three categories: the Narrow Aisle, the Sitdown Lift Truck and the Mule (otherwise known as the Electric Pallet Jack).

The Mt. Sterling Warehouse, the largest distribution center in the Dot Foods network, will send winners from all three areas of the warehouse to national finals on Thursday.

In the Cooler area, Curt Starman took the top local prize in Narrow Aisle, Shaun Saxbury took the top spot in Sitdown Lift Truck, and Chris Gobel is the new champion on the Mule. 

On the Dry Dock, Kyle Seward took the top local prize in Narrow Aisle, Noah Sheckler took the top spot in Sitdown Lift Truck, and Derrick Weerts is the new champion on the Mule.

In Frozen, Bobby Harris took the top local prize in Narrow Aisle, Gary Demoss took the top spot in Sitdown Lift Truck, and Jon Moore is the new champion on the Mule.

 The winners will host and compete against winners from Dot's seven other distribution centers in the national showdown Dot Foods Fork Lift Rodeo in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, this Thursday, June 21.

"It's a way to motivate employees and appreciate them for all the hard work that they do. They have a hard job, and they prove their skill and commitment to safety every day on this equipment.  So this is a chance for them to win a great prize for showing off the skills they use to keep themselves and their co-workers safe," said Bryan Langston, General Manager - IL Warehouses, Dot Foods Mt. Sterling.

Each year, winners who show the most skill in these three categories compete against approximately 30 winners from all eight Dot Foods distribution centers for the national title, promoting continued friendly competition and high levels of excellence within the warehouse. The three national winners 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.  Each vacation is valued at about $2,000, and second and third place national winners receive trophies and assorted prizes.  The three distribution centers with the best overall performance win the right to spend the night of the following year's National Championship Rodeo at Mt. Sterling's luxurious yet rustic Twin Hollows Lodge.

Following the event, all participants will relax and enjoy an evening of dinner, fishing, and trap shooting at Twin Hollows Lodge.

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.