NCDOT Division 12 Employees Capture the 2013 NCDOT Equipment Operators’ Roadeo Friday, July 26, 2013

RALEIGH — A dominating performance by the heavy equipment operators out of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 12 was more than enough to capture this year’s team title at the Department’s annual Equipment Operators Roadeo. Operators from Division 12, which includes Alexander, Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties, won three of the six individual titles and were the runnersup in two others at the event held at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The event featured the top finishers in six events held at local roadeos earlier this year in the 14 NCDOT highway divisions across the state. The 84 competitors were showing off their skills in the operation of a single axle dump truck, tandem axle dump truck, lowboy truck/trailer, motor grader, backhoe and tractor/mower. They were tested on how well they operated the equipment in maneuvering around obstacles, backing up into enclosed locations, locating safety defects, and in other situations which reflect their daily challenges.

The six winners and runnersup were:

Single-axle dump truck

1st – Brian Schmidt, Person County, Division 5

2nd – Preston Hefner, Catawba County, Division 12

Tandem-axle dump truck

1st – Kevin Stutts, Moore County, Division 8

2nd – Jarvis Blount, Cumberland County, Division 6

Lowboy truck/trailer

1st – Lynn Dagenhart, Alexander County, Division 12

2nd – Verlon Enloe, Cherokee County, Division 14

Motor grader

1st – Kevin Conner, Martin County, Division 1

2nd – Josh Leatherman, Cleveland County, Division 12

Backhoe

1st – Chris Mecimore, Alexander County, Division 12

2nd – Chad Bradshaw, Rockingham County, Division 7

Tractor/mower

1st – Rocky Milsaps, Alexander County, Division 12

2nd – Swindell Simmons, Jones County, Division 2

The Roadeo is held to help NCDOT workers advance their skills, while emphasizing the importance of safety when operating heavy equipment, fostering a sense of team spirit, and recognizing employees who excel at their jobs.

The winners and runnersup will now represent North Carolina against their counterparts from several other states in the Southeastern Regional competition in Lexington, KY in September.

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