BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZONA (MARCH 21, 2018)-- Dot Foods, the largest food industry redistributor in North America, celebrated the official grand opening of its 11th U.S. distribution center today in Bullhead City, Arizona. The 190,242-square-foot, $30 million facility is located on a 55-acre plot at 2565 Landon Drive adjacent to the Laughlin Bullhead International Airport, approximately 100 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
"This is a very exciting day for our company," said Dot Foods President Dick Tracy. "We love adding to the Dot Foods family, and the team we've put together at our Bullhead City distribution center is exceptional."
Family-owned and -operated since 1960, Dot Foods was founded by Robert and Dorothy Tracy in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Sales hit $7 billion in 2017, and Dot now sits at #63 on Forbes list ofAmerica's Largest Private Companies.
To-date Dot Foods Arizona has hired 109 employees for office, warehouse, truck driver and transportation roles. The company is on pace to meet or exceed its goal of 125 new jobs within the facility's first year of operation, marking a payroll investment of $8.5 million in the local economy; Dot plans to employ 170 people at the Bullhead City distribution center by 2020. The company currently draws employees from as far north as Las Vegas, Nevada, as far south as Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and as far east as Kingman, Arizona.
"All across our business, the people are the heart of Dot Foods," explained Dot Foods Arizona General Manager Rocky Vecera. "We have a great workforce at our location that has wholeheartedly embraced our unique company culture. We began hiring in June 2017 and have been so impressed with the talent in this region. I'm very proud of what we've accomplished, and I can't wait to see what our team will do moving forward."
The Dot Foods Arizona development includes warehouse space, offices, and a truck yard and garage to service the Dot Transportation fleet. The warehouse is divided into four temperature zones: 77,325 square feet of dry warehouse; 38,546 square feet of frozen warehouse; 28,252 square feet of refrigerated warehouse; and 10,495 square feet of 4th temperature warehouse, a space that is temperature and humidity controlled specifically for chocolate and candy. Dot will use a new, curtain-style divider between the 4th temperature and cooler warehouses, allowing the size of each zone to be adjusted more easily to accommodate growth and inventory.
That's not the only unique feature of the Dot Foods Arizona project. The dry warehouse will be air-conditioned to 80 degrees, a first for Dot facilities. Trailer doors will open into the warehouse to minimize the exposure of products to the local climate. It also marks the debut of the "L-shaped" design Dot will employ on future construction. The L-shape allows for convenient expansion of offices and all warehouse temperatures.
"A lot of planning goes into each of our facilities," Tracy explained. "That's readily apparent at our Arizona distribution center. We need to address the specific environmental and geographic conditions of the location to preserve the integrity of our manufacturer partners' products and ensure we're delivering the highest quality to our customers. We are fortunate to be a growth company, and we know we'll need to expand this facility sooner rather than later. We took that into account in the initial design. It's larger than we typically build our warehouses when we construct a new location. I'm thrilled with the work done thus far, and there is a lot more to come at Dot Foods Arizona."
Dot's core values include a deep investment in its local communities that can be traced back to founders Robert and Dorothy Tracy. The Bullhead City location is Dot Foods Arizona has donated $10,000 to local causes so far, and will continue to increase its monetary and volunteer support of the region in the months to come.
"The City of Bullhead City enthusiastically welcomes Dot Foods to the community," City Manager Toby Cotter said. "For many years the City has been trying to diversify its economy, and Dot Foods is the first step in that direction. From job creation to community investment, Dot Foods is a welcome addition to Bullhead City. The company has already shown great leadership, ingenuity and investment at its new distribution center. We proudly welcome them to our community and look forward to a great working relationship for decades to come."
"I am so proud and honored that Dot Foods chose Mohave County to build their Southwest distribution center," said Mohave County Supervisor Hildy Angius. "This opening represents a change in our landscape that will benefit and grow our region now and into the future."
Dot broke ground on the Bullhead City location in early April 2017. Volume handled by the facility will aggressively ramp up in the coming months; the Arizona facility serves Dot's customers in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
Upon selecting the region for its 11th location, Dot began a close partnership with Mohave Community College (MCC) to develop a commercial truck driver training program to support its driver hiring in the region. The first students were enrolled in that program in January.
"Our success in this region is due in large part to the incredible community we've joined," said Vecera. "From the efforts of all the city and county officials we've worked with, to the team at MCC, we've received so much support since day one. We are fortunate to call Bullhead City and Mohave County our newest home."
Local contractors from Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Kingman, who contributed to the project include: Labriola Masonry; S&S Concrete; Ready Labor Systems; Rock's Concrete Cutting; Bullhead Lock & Safe; McCormick Construction; Mynks Construction; AQ Services; Az Tech Petroleum Services, Inc.; Banker Insulation; Buxton Drywall; Redmond Construction; Clear Circuit Electrical; Rudy's Glass; and Mohave Security.
ABOUT DOT FOODS AND DOT TRANSPORTATION
Dot Foods Inc. carries 127,000 products from 930 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation Inc., an affiliate of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 35 countries. Dot Foods operates ten 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; Dyersburg, Tennessee; University Park, Illinois; and Bullhead City, Arizona. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. 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.