MT. STERLING, Ill. – Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) relies on quality equipment, attentive service, and low costs to keep its fleet rolling. Because Volvo Trucks and its area dealership, Central Illinois Trucks, meet this mark, DTI awarded them its 2010 Vendor of the Year award.

“We like that they provide us a quality truck that meets our operational needs and focuses on safety in the design of their truck,” says Kevin Buss, director of fleet maintenance. “Drivers like the ride, quietness, and comfort.”

DTI ranks its equipment vendors on truck and parts quality, service, maintenance cost, fuel economy, and driver acceptance. In their 2010 evaluation, Volvo and CIT received highest scores for their prompt and thorough repair service and fast claim processing.

“The DTI Vendor of the Year award is something that our equipment supply winners are very proud of and they clearly understand the standards that must be met in order to win,” says Kevin Buss, Dot Transportation, Inc. director of fleet maintenance.  It is something they can take back and display for all their team members at the dealership and manufacturing plant.”

DTI and Volvo have been partners since 2003. It’s a partnership worth building, as three quarters of DTI’s fleet now are Volvo tractors.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 100,000 products from 700 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods and Dot Transportation sell and deliver foodservice, convenience, retail, vending, equipment and supplies to leading 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