Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, announced Jose Gomez as the company's grand-prize winner of the annual safety incentive program. Gomez picked a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse from a lot of grand prizes that included a truck, car, motorcycle or boat.

"I could hardly believe I'd won when they told me," said Gomez, a 6-year Dot employee, of winning the grand prize. "You just don't expect to win a car for being safe. It's something that can be overlooked by some people, but safety is extremely important at Dot, and this shows it."

The $25,000 grand prize was awarded as part of a lottery-style drawing amongst all departments that achieved the company's safety initiatives. In order to meet criteria, departments had to achieve their annual goal. Finally, employees within the eligible departments had to work injury free and have no second steps of discipline in 2012.

Dot also awarded 30 travel vouchers worth $2,000 to lottery winners at its eight distribution centers around the country. The 14 winners based out of Dot's Illinois headquarters were: Brian Lister, Dave Hiland, Dennis Prather, Denver Stamper, John Miller, Justin Cozad, Kristopher Kennedy, Margo Stephenson, Pat Moorman, Zach Gould, George Kozak, Bryan Nicholson, Doug Whitlock and Sam Stephenson.

"Our safety incentive program is just one of the ways that we recognize our employees for their excellent efforts towards injury prevention," said Don Pierce, Dot's employee safety and development manager. "We're proud to be able to offer great rewards for those who work safely and efficiently."

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.