On Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the Dot Foods Delaware leadership team had the opportunity to speak with U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) via Zoom.

Thanking Our Veterans

The Bear distribution center (DC) team welcomed Senator Carper and his team, and gave brief introductions. Very spirited conversations took place about the military, as Senator Carper and a large portion of the Delaware leadership team are veterans. Senator Carper thanked Dot’s veterans for their service. The thanks was reciprocated to Senator Carper, as he is a Navy veteran

Importance of Occupational Health

Dot’s position of occupational health trainer was discussed at length, with Senator Carper recognizing the importance of having that knowledge on the job and the trainers’ effect on lowering workers’ compensation issues. 

The Impact of COVID-19

Dot Foods Delaware General Manager Joe Little gave a brief overview of Dot’s history and cultural hallmarks. After this briefing, Senator Carper inquired about how Dot has been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Lowering the Age of CDL Drivers

Little also made a request for Senator Carper to look into a bill that would lower the age of CDL drivers from 21 to 18. Due to the shortage of Class A CDL drivers the industry is facing, lowering the legal age of CDL drivers to 18 would allow more drivers to cross state lines and deliver food and other goods to even more communities. The senator asked his team to make note and follow up, and promised to schedule another meeting with the Dot Foods Delaware leadership team to provide an update of the bill’s status. 

Meeting Attendees:

*United States Senator Tom Carper (D – DE)

New Castle County Director Bonnie Wu

Carper Staff Member Victoria Panzara

Dot General Manager Joe Little

Human Resources Manager Nakishia Bailey

*Director of Transportation Marc Snyder

*Operations Support Manager Scott Burton

*Maintenance Manager Brandon Wicklund

*Occupational Health Trainer Ian Ramsey

Transportation Manager Brian Sylvester

*Denotes military veteran status. Thank you for your service. 

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