Hancock and Defiance County
Employees Prevail in Roadeo
LIMA (Tuesday May 20, 2014) – Employees in the Defiance and
Hancock County ODOT garages were named the winners today in the Ohio Department
of Transportation District 1 truck and loader roadeo held in Lima.
the truck competition was Tom Mellinger of Hancock County. Mellinger is a
seasoned roadeo veteran who has won several times at both the district and
state level. Finishing behind Mellinger was Frank Daley, also of Hancock
County, with Lance Clifton of Van Wert County finishing third.
loader competition was won by first-time winner Naylan DeVaux of Defiance
County. Finishing second was Daley of Hancock County with John Rinker, also of
Hancock County, finishing third.
a day we set aside to allow our operators to display their skill in equipment
operation. It’s not by coincidence that over the last several years, District 1
has produced the statewide winner in both the truck and loader events. We have
a talented workforce here and are proud of that,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT
District 1 deputy director.
roadeo is a friendly competition which pits equipment operators against one
another to test their skill in maneuvering equipment through a series of
obstacles intended to mimic situations they encounter on the job. Participants
are also required to find deliberately-placed mechanical bugs on equipment as
part of the pre-trip inspection portion of the competition.
The top-two finishers in the district competition will go on
to compete against their coworkers in the statewide competition which will be
held in Columbus in September.
more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information
Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us
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provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the
largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and
accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance
economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely
invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction
program and highway maintenance operations.