2015 – 18th Annual Forklift Rodeo

Presented by the Material Handling Committee of the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries.

Eastern Regional Competition – June 6
Spokane Fire Department Training Facility

Western Regional Competition – August 22

Boeing Kent Space Center



State Championship – October 7, 2015

Greater Tacoma Convention Center


Platinum Sponsor

The Boeing Company
Gold Sponsor

Emergency Medical Training Associates

Bronze Sponsor

National Safety, Inc.
Nature’s Path Foods

Be a Rodeo Sponsor – More Information …

Regional Events

The top 8 individual competitors from each regional event will proceed to the finals held at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference.


Regional Competitions
1st Place – $300        5th Place – $50
2nd Place – $200       6th Place – $50
3rd Place – $100        7th Place – $50
4th Place – $50          8th Place – $50

Final Competition
1st Place – $500
2nd Place – $400
3rd Place – $300
4th Place – $200
5th Place – $100
1st Place – $300
2nd Place – $150

State Championship Schedule

11:00 AM Drivers Meeting/Course Familiarization
11:30 AM Driving Competition Begins

For more information

Al Rainsberger (206) 281-3842 or Toll free at
Mark Ribich  (253) 204-5979

Congratulations to the 2014 State Championship Winners!

1st Place:  Omar Ornelas, The Boeing Company

1st Place Team:  Americold

2015 State Championship Competitors

2015 Eastern Regional Forklift Rodeo Winners

1st Place:  Chris Gilliam, Conagra Foods
2nd Place:  Pablo Quiroa, Columbia Crest
3rd Place:  Ron Cochran, Foss Maritime
4th Place:  Noel Noyola, Ste-Michelle Winery Estates
5th Place:  Nathan Woodridge, Columbia Basin Blends
6th Place:  Gary Garrison, Travis Pattern & Foundry
7th Place:  Paul Kapfer, Travis Pattern & Foundry
1st Place Team:  Ste-Michelle Winery Estates
2nd Place Team:  Travis Pattern & Foundry

2015 Western Regional Forklift Rodeo Winners

1st Place:  Neil Caylor, Americold
2nd Place:  Corey Nelson, Americold
3rd Place:  Mike Weinman, The Boeing Company
4th Place:  Randy Langwell, Americold
5th Place:  Jairus Knittle, Southern Wine & Spirits
6th Place:  Jeff Edmund, Puget Sound Energy
7th Place:  Joe Seiler, The Boeing Company
1st Place Team:  Americold
2nd Place Team:  The Boeing Company

2014 Forklift Rodeo Regionals

Photos of winners and skilled drivers from the 2014 Regional Events. Congratulations to all participants for an outstanding rodeo.


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Governor's Conference

October 7 & 8, 2015

 Tacoma Convention Center