By Emily Waterman, Corporate Communications Manager

Dot Foods President Dick Tracy announced today that Dot Foods Arizona will add 70,000 square feet to the warehouse, only two years of operation. The $12.5 million expansion project starts this month and should wrap up by late summer or early fall.

To help staff the new space, Dot plans to hire 70 new warehouse employees and regional delivery drivers over the next three years.

Tracy shared the news with Dot Foods and Dot Transportation employees and thanked everyone for their hard work that allowed for this growth.

"I'm always happy to share news of an expansion because it means we continue to grow, which is great news for us all," he said. "Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to our success."

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey commented on the expansion as well.

"We were thrilled when Dot Foods chose Mohave County, Arizona, three years ago, and we're excited to see this company grow so quickly," said Gov. Ducey. "This expansion will deliver new jobs and opportunities in Bullhead City. We thank Dot Foods for their continued investment in Arizona and look forward to their future success."

Dot Foods Arizona was the 11th distribution center for the Illinois-headquartered company. The current 190,000-square-foot distribution center includes refrigerated, frozen, and dry storage and a garage to service the Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) fleet.

The expansion will nearly double the freezer space and expand the dry warehouse by about a third, add dock space, and an outdoor dining area for employees. The company currently employs more than 240 people in Arizona.

"Our success in this region is due in large part to the deep pool of talent in the community, which has helped us build an incredible team," said Dot Foods Arizona General Manager Rocky Vecera. "We've been fortunate to draw a skilled workforce from Bullhead City, Mohave County, and beyond, and we're always looking for talented people to join our team."