Dyersburg, Tenn., (November 14, 2013)- Dot Foods, Inc., the nation's largest food redistributor, today marked the start of construction on its new state-of-the-art distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee, located in the Dyersburg Industrial Park on State Highway 211, 75 miles northeast of Memphis. The $24 million, 166,494-square-foot distribution center is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. This will be the company's ninth U.S. distribution center.
Tim Loyd, general manager of the Dot Foods Mid-South Distribution Center in Dyersburg, hosted the event. The event included remarks by Dyersburg Mayor John Holden; Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill; John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods; Jim Tracy, Senior Vice President of Dot Foods; Larry White, Chairman of the Dyersburg & Dyer County Chamber of Commerce and Kingsley Brock, Assistant Commissioner of Business Development at the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. Numerous other key local business figures and community leaders also attended.
Loyd, who has been with Dot Foods for 25 years, introduced Greg Parrish, the center's new warehouse manager, as part of the event. Parrish has been with Dot Foods for 15 years, most recently as assistant warehouse manager for the company's Vidalia, Georgia Distribution Center.
"This is a very exciting time for Dot Foods as we begin construction on our ninth distribution center," said Loyd. "We can already tell that Dyersburg was the right choice for this facility because the people here have been tremendous to work with and have made it possible for us to make this project a reality. Thanks to the efforts of those here today, and many others, Dot Foods will be able to provide the best service to our customers in the mid-south."
The new facility will bring 157 new jobs to Dyersburg within the first three years and additional construction, subcontractor and vendor jobs are projected as a result of the construction project. A temporary office recently opened near the distribution center site where the company is beginning to hire truck drivers and other staff positions.
"We are thrilled that Dot Foods chose Dyersburg as the site for its newest distribution center," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden. "Dot Foods will benefit from our proximity to their regional customers, our exceptional pool of talent, and the support of our proud city. This is a win-win situation for the company and our community."
The new distribution center will house a 125,000-square-foot warehouse complete with frozen, refrigerated and ambient storage; as well as a 9,500-square-foot truck and tractor garage. The Dyersburg location will service Dot Foods customers in middle and western Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and western Kentucky.
Truck driver positions are posted on www.DriveforDot.com, and all open positions are posted on the careers page at www.DotFoods.com. 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.
About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter. To learn more about careers at Dot Transportation, visit www.DriveForDot.com.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; and Ardmore, Oklahoma. A ninth distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee is under construction and scheduled to open in September 2014. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.