MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, congratulates employees Gil Hernandez, Craig Post and Zac Cox from the company's Mt. Sterling, Illinois, headquarters distribution center, and Nick Blayney of the company's Ardmore, Oklahoma DC.  All four took home the top prizes in the company's 2016 Forklift Rodeo National Championships.  This is Blayney's fourth win since he began working for Dot Foods in 2008.

Dot brought some of its most-skilled employees to Mt. Sterling, Illinois, to compete.  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.  To win, all four had to show their 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.  

Hernandez won the narrow aisle competition, Post won the forklift competition, Cox won the order picker category, and Blayney won for pallet jack.  The winners will receive 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.

"The forklift rodeo gives us a chance to recognize the excellence, hard work and commitment needed to maintain 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 Transportation
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.