Mohave County Supervisors have approved a $500,000 grant for an Illinois-based company, provided the company meets certain benchmarks in locating a food distribution center in the Fort Mohave area. Dot Foods Inc, would agree to employ up to 125 people within three years at an average annual wage just above $43,000.
Supervisor Buster Johnson was in the minority of the 4-1 vote during the May 16 board meeting.
“It’s just my opinion that we’re setting a bad precedent with this. The way our finances sit with the county, it’s not something that we can sustain,” Johnson said. “It’s a great company but every company afterwards is going to ask for the same thing.”
Supervisor Steve Moss said the county should do everything it can to bring Dot Foods and other good companies here.
President Jim Tracy said Dot Foods has 4,300 employees across the country and totaled $6-billion in sales last year. He said the company has ten other distribution centers but needs a better-placed facility to serve the southwest region.
Tracy said the company intends to build a 180,000 square foot warehouse to store and ship food products. He said the facility, and its employment, could expand over time.
Mayor Tom Brady said Bullhead City has committed a $50,000 donation in partnership with Dot Foods and Mohave Community College to train truck drivers for the operation.
Tracy said the privately-owned company is proud of a community involvement culture that includes strong support for food banks and encouraging employees to undertake civic affairs. He said the company intends to decide by the end of May whether it will build a warehouse in Mohave County or southern Nevada, or just expand other distribution centers to meet client demand.