Vidalia, GA - It's Dot Foods Georgia's 20th anniversary, and the company celebrated with a party for its employees and family members on Saturday, June 1 at the Rocky Creek Clubhouse.

Dot Foods Chief Executive Officer Joe Tracy and Georgia General Manager Tim Truxel spoke at the gathering.Truxel has been Dot Foods Georgia's general manager for the past 15 years.

"We have an incredible group of employees at our Vidalia DC. Their hard work day in and day out is the key to our distribution center's success," said Truxel. "It's really nice to be able celebrate with our employees and their families."

Dot Foods Georgia is one of the tri-county area's largest employers. Since opening in 1999, it has grown from 91 employees to 430, which includes warehouse, administrative, and trucking staff. In their first year, the Dot Foods Georgia team moved 5.5 million cases through the warehouse, and this year they will move more than 30 million cases through their warehouse. Over the past 20 years, they have moved a grand total of 355 million cases. In that same time, payroll topped $300 million, contributing greatly to the local economy. 

Over the years, the Vidalia DC has invested in the facility to support its growing business, such as adding 50,000 square feet of frozen warehouse space. Likewise, Dot has invested in making the facility an employee-friendly workplace, a reputation the company maintains at all its locations.

Investments include building a new employee break room that offers more vending and entertainment options. In 2013, the Vidalia DC opened its Family Health Center, an on-site clinic to provide employees and their families with convenient and affordable medical care. The facility, complete with its own medical staff, offers an outstanding alternative to independent health centers for Dot employees and their families covered by the company's health insurance plan. Dot is one of few mid-sized companies in the region, or nation, to provide its employees with an on-site healthcare option.

Giving back to employee communities has also been a longstanding mission of Dot. Over the past 20 years, the Vidalia distribution center has donated more than $1.7 million to area organizations such as local food pantries, local schools, the Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Vidalia Onion Festival, Real Squeal and Hog Wild Festival.

"We love this community and are very lucky to call Vidalia home," said Truxel. "We cannot stress enough how appreciative we are of our employees and the business community for supporting us as they have over the last 20 years."

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) in Vidalia continue to have full-time and part-time career opportunities available in all departments, including warehouse, administrative, and trucking. To learn more about careers at Dot, visit DotFoods.com/Careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers. For more on opportunities available with DTI, visit DriveForDot.com and follow us @DriveForDot. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dot Foods Georgia is located at 1120 North St W, Vidalia, GA 30474