MT. STERLING, Ill. - The Equipment Maintenance Department at Dot Foods' Mt. Sterling headquarters recently completed five consecutive years injury free. The team consists of 24 total employees who work to maintain the forklifts, batteries and automated systems throughout the distribution center's dry and frozen warehouses.

"Our team works hard to keep all of our warehouse employees safe with the maintenance of our machines," noted Larry Casteel, Dot's Equipment Maintenance Manager. "This team is exposed to many complex and hazardous machines and chemicals, day in and day out, and for the entire group to maintain no injuries for five years is pretty amazing. We're very proud of the whole team."

A photo of the department can be found at (standing from left to right are Bob Gustafson of Mt. Sterling; Mike Burkey of West Point; Jeff Lawson of Griggsville; Bob Miller of Golden; Shawn DeWitt of Clayton; Larry Casteel of Pittsfield; Kevin Price of Rushville; Roland Gregory of Winchester; Randy Hester of Versailles; Brad Herren of Clayton; and Jeremy Miller of Mendon. Kneeling from left to right are Bob and Andy Ham of Mt. Sterling; Dustin Davis of Macomb; Jacob Ham of Griggsville; and Doug Whitlock of Milton. Not pictured are Dave Askew of Camp Point; Del Barnes of Quincy; Leonard Craft of Liberty; Deann Hilgenbrinck of Mendon; Derik Ihnen of Augusta; Ben Mastin of Beardstown; Brian Mountain of Perry; and Kevin Spindler of Quincy.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 104,000 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