A different kind of rodeo

For three days in March, over 100 employees competed to see who is the best at safely operating a fork or clamp truck at the Ashdown Mill. The Lift Truck Rodeo is a unique event that tests operators’ driving skills and knowledge of their vehicle.
Judges evaluated the contestants on their knowledge of personal safety, basic fork or clamp truck operation, and safe completion of an obstacle course. The top three finishers in each category were recognized and awarded prizes, as was the overall champion of the competition.

The mill’s Lift Truck Safety Solution Team developed the rodeo concept in 2000 as a fun and non-traditional way to focus on continuous safety improvement across the mill. “This event would not be possible without the commitment of these employees. I appreciate all of their positive work toward making the mill safer by improving our overall lift truck operations,” said Bob Grygotis, mill manager.

Although employees enjoy the competitive nature of the rodeo, the primary focus is on the safety aspect of the competition. Congratulations to all the winners!

2014 Grand Champion Rodeo Winner

  • Randy Norwood, Woodyard

Clamp Division

  • 1st Judy Rose, Shipping
  • 2nd Susie Sepualvado, Shipping
  • 3rd Kim Cox, Shipping

Fork Division

  • 1st Randy Norwood, Woodyard
  • 2nd Mike Richbourg, Maintenance
  • 3rd James Johnson, Shipping

Fork w/jib Division

  • 1st Jerel Hill, Maintenance
  • 2nd Steve Bastible, Maintenance
  • 3rd Toby Gathright, Maintenance

Bobcat Division

  • Dusty Dawson, Woodyard

Salary Division

  • 1st Kim Horn, Safety
  • 2nd Brandon Ayers, Environmental
  • 3rd Jason Krause, Shipping