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College Helping to Organize Forklift Rodeo

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and Overton's are teaming up with the Greenville Utilities Commission next month to host a forklift rodeo.

According to Mary Paramore, PCC Director of Business and Industry, the rodeo will take place at Overton's Sept. 20 with support also coming from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce.

Paramore says the rodeo will feature three forklift challenges that will test the skill of competitors while placing an emphasis on safety as they maneuver the course.

“These events are held all over the country, so we have been looking at how others have organized their rodeos while planning ours,” Paramore said. “Our event will highlight workplace safety standards and generate awareness of the safety training courses Pitt Community College has to offer.”

The rodeo, Paramore said, is open to teams from local manufacturers at a cost of $150 per corporate team. Registration begins this month, she said, adding that those interested in participating may call Jerry Jones, PCC Industrial Instructor/Coordinator, at (252) 493-7584 for additional information.

“We really want local manufacturers to get involved with the rodeo and, in the process, learn more about each other, which could lead to the development of local supply chains and the discovery of new opportunities for working together,” Paramore said. “For instance, Yale and Hyster lift trucks are made in Greenville, so we want area industries to consider this when they are in the market for a lift truck. We’d like to encourage them to shop locally.”