DYERSBURG, Tenn. - Dot Foods, Inc., the nation's largest food industry redistributor, and Dot Transportation, Inc.(DTI), Dot Foods' subsidiary trucking partner, opened their newest distribution center on Wednesday, January 7, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. At a total cost of $24 million, the 166,494 square-foot distribution center has already created 157 new jobs for people living in Dyersburg and surrounding communities.

Located at the intersection of Highway 211 and Frankie Drive in Dyersburg, the facility will service Dot Foods distributor customers in middle and western Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Western Kentucky. The expansive location includes frozen, refrigerated and ambient storage; a 125,000-square-foot warehouse; and a 9,500-square-foot truck and tractor garage.

Dyersburg Mayor John Holden, Dyer County Mayor Chris Young and a host of other local leaders, business owners and Dot Foods employees attended the grand opening ceremony, as did Tracy family members John Tracy, Joe Tracy, Pat Tracy and Jim Tracy. Dot was founded in 1960 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois by Robert and Dorothy Tracy and is still owned and operated by the Tracy family.

"We are so proud to unveil our latest distribution center inDyersburg," said John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods.  "The new building reaffirms our commitment to environmental sustainability and excellent customer service and will serve as a model for future and existing facilities within the Dot Foods distribution community."

As part of the grand opening ceremony, the final pallet of food for the first shipment was forklifted into a Dot Transportation Inc. (DTI) truck. After the ceremony, guests toured the facility and were shown its most innovative features.

"Dot Foods and this impressive facility are a welcomed addition to our thriving community," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden. "Our location, talented workforce and sense of community is an excellent fit for Dot, and we are grateful for the investment in our city, including the creation of nearly 160 new jobs."  Since the company's founding in 1960, Dot has doubled in size every five years, providing ongoing career opportunities few employers can match.

In developing the Dyersburg facility, Dot Foods and DTI committed to conserve resources in every way possible. The new facility features motion-activated LED lighting systems, as well as insulated freezer doors and refrigeration technology, to reduce energy consumption. Forklift operators will charge lead-acid batteries during lunch and breaks, a practice called "opportunity charging," that uses less energy than running the battery all the way down before charging. Dyersburg's proximity to Dot clients will enable DTI to reduce overall drive time by 1.9 million miles over the next three years, saving more than 305,000 gallons of fuel and reducing carbon emissions by more than 3,000 tons - the equivalent of taking 170 cars off our roads each year.

"We are happy to open our newest location in the Dyersburg area. It's a great community with a strong workforce," said Tim Loyd, Dyersburg distribution center general manager. "We looked to open a distribution center in the Midsouth to help us reduce the distance between our products and our distributor customers. This facility does just that, which will enable us to provide even better service while greatly reducing transportation costs."

DTI is continuing to hire more Class A CDL regional truck drivers to deliver products to customers and pick up products from suppliers. The drivers will work in a regional capacity, delivering to locations in western Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and western Kentucky. All Dyersburg-based drivers will start and end their weekly dispatch in Dyersburg.  

Truck driver positions are posted on www.DriveforDot.com, and all open positions are posted on the careers page at www.dotfoods.com/careers. Candidates interested in learning more about positions at the Dyersburg facility can also call the office toll-free at (800) 366-3687, and applications for employment at the Dyersburg facility must be submitted online.

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food redistributor in the United States.  Through Dot Transportation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods and other freight carriers, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates nine 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 more information, visit www.dotfoods.com.

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation each continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill full-time and part-time positions in all locations nationwide. 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.