ARDMORE, OK - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, congratulates Nick Blayney of Wynnewood, OK as he once again takes the top prize in the pallet jack competition at the company's 2016 Forklift Rodeo National Championship. This is Blayney's fourth win since he joined Dot Foods in 2008. Blayney works the day shift as a warehouse order selector at the Dot Foods distribution center in Ardmore.
Dot brought some of its most-skilled employees to Mt. Sterling, Illinois, to compete in Dot Food's 2016 Forklift Rodeo National Championships. Finalists from each of Dot's nine distribution centers showcased their talents for the opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid vacation.
Dot's nine distribution centers held regional competitions to select the candidates who would represent their location at the national championships in Mt. Sterling. Nick Blayney from Dot's local distribution center in Ardmore, Oklahoma, won the chance to compete in the final round. To win a national championship, Blayney had to show his mastery of job duties and safety practices by completing an obstacle course using one of four pieces of material-handling equipment: narrow aisle, sit down/stand up forklift, order selector, and pallet jack. Contestants are penalized for contacting walls, improper stops, horn usage, and dropping a basketball that represents an order.
Blayney won a national championship in the pallet jack competition. For winning, he receives an all-expenses-paid vacation to either Cancun, Mexico; New York City; a cruise of the Bahamas; a Caribbean cruise; St. Petersburg Beach, Florida; Disney World in Orlando, Florida, or San Antonio, Texas.
Blayney has appeared at nationals on all three pieces of equipment, representing Ardmore and Dot Foods' Idaho distribution center.
"The forklift rodeo gives us a chance to recognize their excellence, hard work and commitment to maintaining a safe environment in our warehouses," said John Long, Senior VP of Warehousing. "It takes a lot of effort to safely and effectively maneuver these machines in our distributions centers. This gives our operators the opportunity to demonstrate their exemplary abilities through friendly-competition."
About Dot Foods and Dot
Dot Foods Inc. carries 112,000 products from 830 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 nine 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; and Dyersburg, Tennessee. For information, visit DotFoods.com.
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all U.S. locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit DotFoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers. For more on opportunities available with Dot Transportation, visit DriveForDot.com.