(WMC-TV) - The nation's largest food re-distributor chose Dyersburg as the site for its next distribution center. The announcement of Dot Foods, Inc.'s new $24 million facility will bring 157 new jobs to the West Tennessee town.
Construction on the re-distribution center will begin in the Dyersburg Industrial Park on Highway 211 in the fall.
"We settled on a five state region, right where all the states come together here in Dyersburg and ultimately we made the decision based on local leadership and the fact that this felt like a Dot Foods kind of town," said Dot Foods, Inc. General Manager Tim Loyd.
Dot Foods, Inc. is the country's largest food re-distributor, working with companies like Sysco, US Foods, and H.T. Hackney Co.
"We're making an almost $25 million investment. We're in it for the long haul," added Loyd.
With 157 jobs expected to come to the area in the first three years after the center opens, many agree it will be a much needed boost to the local economy.
"They're active in the community and contribute to the community, they take care of their employees and we're excited to have them here," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden.
"We're going to start hiring truck drivers immediately. We're gonna start putting management teams together so we'll phase everything in and ship our first cases in September or October of next year," continued Loyd.
Dyersburg and other parts of Northwest Tennessee have been hit hard the past several years. With the closure of the Goodyear Tires plant in Union City and the loss of the World Color plant in Dyersburg, jobs in the area have been few and far between.
Officials are hoping that as Dot Foods, Inc. moves in, other local businesses and industries will also get a boost.
"We've had successes in our community with Cracker Barrel opening up this year, that's been a benefit for us. We've had retail stores open here we're excited about," says Mayor Holden.
Within the next few weeks, Dot Foods, Inc. officials say they will have employees working out of a temporary office. Ground will be broken on the new facility in November and it should be up and running in one year.
The distribution center in Dyersburg will be the ninth facility for Dot Foods, Inc. The company has centers in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and its main distribution center in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.
To find out how you can apply for a job with Dot Foods, Inc., click here: http://www.drivefordot.com
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