Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, Inc., the nation's largest food redistributor, and Dot Transportation, Inc.(DTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, announced today it has chosen University Park, Illinois as the site of the company's tenth distribution center. The $20 million facility will be located in the former Reinhart Foodservice site in University Park Industrial Park (251 Central Avenue, University Park, IL, 60484). The company expects to hire 200 new employees within the next three years from University Park and the surrounding Chicagoland area.
Dot Foods' volume growth in the Midwest is driving the need for more warehouse capacity than their existing location in Joliet, about 30 minutes from the new location, can support. All employees from the Joliet location will remain in their current roles, and 200 more jobs will be added at the new site. With an already sizeable operation in the Chicago area, Dot Foods and DTI will be able to expand capabilities and better serve area customers with the addition of the new distribution center.
"We are excited about the opportunity to open our newest distribution center in University Park," said John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods. "It's rare that we find a property that so closely fits the criteria we look for in a distribution center. This building was constructed in 2009 and no longer made sense for Reinhart Foodservice network, so the timing worked out well for both Reinhart and Dot Foods."
The facility, which is 191,000 square feet in size, already included dry storage, as well as freezer and refrigerated warehouse space. Dot Foods will add more office space and install a gate station, fuel station, scale and shop.
The building is fully operational, and for the remainder of 2016, the focus will be on moving Joliet to University Park and transforming this facility into a full-fledged distribution center. The company anticipates that all construction will be completed by spring 2017, and the University Park location will quickly become a key hub for the company.
"Our community is very excited about the announcement of Dot Foods' plan to have their tenth distribution center in University Park," said University Park Mayor Vivian E. Covington. "We are always excited about growth in University Park, and Dot Foods has been wonderful to work with. We are grateful they selected our city as the site of their newest distribution center."
To further demonstrate its commitment to the community, at the press conference Dot Foods donated a refrigerated trailer filled with food to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
The company also announced that it recently hired key management staff to run the University Park distribution center. These key staff members include: Mike Ford, General Manager, a 10-year veteran of Dot Foods who most recently served as general manager for the company's distribution center in Ardmore, Oklahoma; Tony Grace, Director of Transportation, who has been with Dot since 2003; Christina Crandall, Human Resources Manager, who has been with Dot since 2001; and Jacob Vallie, Director of Warehousing.
"I am very excited about the depth or our management team for this distribution center," noted Ford. "This foundation is critical as we plan to hire 200 employees within our first three years in University Park. This includes truck drivers, managers, supervisors, management trainees, warehouse workers, garage technicians, maintenance technicians, clerical employees and more."
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation offer market-competitive wages and a top-tier benefit package including health insurance, prescription drug insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company match, profit sharing and college tuition reimbursement.
Dot Transportation will begin hiring truck drivers immediately. All truck driver positions will be posted on www.DriveforDot.com, and all open positions will be posted on the careers page at DotFoods.com/careers and on twitter @DotFoodsCareers.
This will be the tenth distribution center for Dot Foods. Other locations include Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Dyersburg, Tennessee. For more information, visit DotFoods.com.
About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation
Dot Foods Inc. carries 112,000 products from 830 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates nine U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and Dyersburg, Tennessee. For information, visit DotFoods.com.
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all U.S. locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit DotFoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers. For more on opportunities available with Dot Transportation, visit DriveForDot.com.