MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, has unveiled an effort dedicated to supporting its female warehouse workforce. The newly formed Women of the Warehouse (W.O.W.) group held its first ever event March 4, 2015, at Hagel 1891. All current female warehouse employees were invited to spend the evening learning more about their colleagues and opportunities for continued development in their career at Dot Foods.
W.O.W. aims to support women at Dot and help further an inclusive culture in the warehouse. The group is a reflection of the company's desire to create a unique employee experience for all members of the Dot Foods family.
"We want to ensure each and every one of our employees has the tools necessary to succeed," said Suzy Kassing, director of personnel for the Illinois warehouse. "Resource groups like W.O.W. provide an outlet for people with similar interests to solicit feedback and encouragement, and they help foster bonds across job roles and shifts. We want the warehouse to be a place women look forward to coming to work every day and creating a solid support system plays a big part in that."
W.O.W.'s inaugural Ladies Night Out event included a presentation on the group's mission and icebreaker activities to help the women learn more about one another. WOW plans to hold a meeting or events quarterly. In keeping with the group's focus on recruiting and retaining women in the warehouse, current employees were invited to bring a friend to the event.
"We have a great group of women in our warehouse," said Tabetha Spencer, a trainer in the dry warehouse. "I don't get to work with all of them directly, so I'm excited to have the chance to get to know everyone and learn from them in this type of setting. It's nice to have a sounding board for ideas on how to make our warehouse an even better environment."
About Dot Foods
Dot Foods Inc. carries 110,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending 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 information, visit www.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 locations nationwide. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers.