INGERSOLL, Ontario - Dot Foods Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc., the largest food industry redistributor in North America, today marked the official groundbreaking of the company’s new distribution center (DC) in Ingersoll, Ontario. Dot is making a $50 CAD million investment with the new 168,875 square-foot facility, which will be located at 100 Ken McKee Street. The Ingersoll distribution center will create 200 jobs in its first three to five years of operation.
“We are very strategic in determining the best place to build a new facility,” said John Tracy, executive chairman of Dot Foods Canada. “Ingersoll is a great location for us because of the workforce available here and the space available to support our future growth. We’re excited about the careers we have to offer and about the people who will join our Dot Foods Canada family. There’s a lot of opportunity for our distribution model in Canada, and we look forward to better serving our current customers and reaching new ones with the establishment of this distribution center.”
Dot initially established operations in Canada in 2016 with the purchase of Canadian food redistributor Marketwest, and set up distribution centers in Calgary, Alberta and Brampton, Ontario. When the Ingersoll facility is complete in spring 2023, it will replace operations at the currently leased Brampton location. Dot has offered positions at the new facility to all employees who currently work at the Brampton location. Dot expects to hire 200 new employees from Ingersoll and surrounding areas in the next three to five years. These positions will largely be for warehouse workers and truck drivers, with some office and administrative roles. Hiring for truck drivers is already underway. The majority of other positions will be posted in late 2022/early 2023.
Phase one of the Ingersoll distribution center will include offices and dry, refrigerated, and frozen warehouse space. The L-shaped designed of the building gives Dot the ability to easily expand all warehouse and office spaces in future years, up to as much as 350,000 square feet, to meet the company’s growing customer demand in Canada. Eventually, Dot will also add on-site garage facilities to support the Dot Transportation Canada, Inc., fleet.
“Dot Foods’ new distribution centre will be a wonderful addition here in Ingersoll. This new facility shows that our government’s commitment to making Ontario open for business is working. Together with businesses like Dot Foods, we are growing the economy and creating great, well-paying jobs right here in Oxford,” said Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford. “I am excited to see how Dot Foods’ philanthropic spirit will positively impact Ingersoll and surrounding communities. The company has pledged $50,000 in donations to five non-profit organizations in the area, and I commend Dot Foods’ and its employees’ dedication to volunteerism.”
The Ingersoll groundbreaking also marked the kickoff of Dot Canada’s charitable giving program at its newest location. Tracy announced $50,000 in donations to five area nonprofit organizations:
Salvation Army Food Pantry: $10,000
Operation Sharing: $10,000
Ingersoll Interchurch: $10,000
STICH Supper Club: $10,000
Alzheimer’s Society: $10,000