Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food industry redistributor, was welcomed to Bullhead City with an April 5 ground breaking at the 45-acre site where it will build its 11th distribution center. The new $30 million facility will be built near the Laughlin/Bullhead international airport, just east of the aviation tower.
The 185,000-square-foot facility located at 2565 Landon Drive will include offices; dry, refrigerated and frozen warehouse space; and a truck yard and garage to service Dot’s fleet.
“We are excited to start the next phase of this project,” said Joe Tracy, Dot Foods CEO. “Our Bullhead City location will allow us to better serve our customers in Arizona, Nevada and California and become more efficient by reducing our miles driven. We’ve already received a warm welcome from city, county and state officials, and we look forward to building relationships with many more people in the region as we become a part of this community.”
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with city and county leaders.
“We’re so thrilled to be officially welcoming Dot Foods to Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s groundbreaking is a huge win for Mohave County and the rest of our state. The jobs and investments created by this new facility will have a real, positive impact on Arizona families who are working toward a brighter future. We look forward to seeing Dot Foods thrive in the beautiful southwest desert.”
Tracy says City Manager Toby Cotter, the City Council, and Bennett Bratley, Mohave County Economic Development Director, were instrumental in helping Dot make the decision to locate in Bullhead City. Dot began work on the distribution center in mid-March, with an estimated completion date for the project of early 2018.
Contractors are currently moving more than a quarter million yards of material to develop the site. Rock will be harvested for landscape and soil stabilization needs.
Dot will hire up to 125 people in the first year, starting with truck drivers. Hiring for warehouse and support staff will begin this fall. Dot plans to employ 170 people by 2020.
“This family-owned, nationally recognized business operation is a perfect fit for Bullhead City,” City Manager Toby Cotter said. “This groundbreaking ceremony is historic for Bullhead City as it starts a dynamic diversification of the regional economy. While tourism, retail and construction trades will remain pillars of the local economy, Dot Foods represents a diversification by offering well-paid, stable distribution and warehousing jobs. Dot Foods is creating much needed job growth for our community and region.”
“It has been a real pleasure working with Dot Foods as they establish their 11th nationwide distribution center in Bullhead City,” said District II Supervisor Hildy Angius. “Today’s ground breaking is the culmination of months of preparation, planning, and partnerships between the State of Arizona, Mohave County, Bullhead City and Dot Foods. The direct and indirect jobs created by Dot Foods will provide good and sustainable wages to the current and future citizens of Mohave County.”
Dot is working with Mohave Community College to develop a commercial truck driver training program to support its driver hiring in the region. The company is in the process of setting up temporary offices at Mohave Community College this spring while construction on the facility is underway.
“We have been working on this new location for several years,” Tracy explained. “A lot goes into our decision to build a new distribution center. We’re very happy to now be at the point that we can start meeting with potential employees and build the team that’s going to be the key to our success in this area.”
Dot’s Class A Regional Driver positions are currently posted on DriveforDot.com. Hiring for additional driver jobs will begin late this month. Dot will employ 30 drivers and 50 warehouse personnel and support staff ahead of the Bullhead City distribution center’s opening in early 2018.
All open positions can be viewed at DotFoods.com/careers. Dot Foods and Dot Transportation offer competitive wages and a top-tier benefit package including health insurance, prescription drug insurance, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company match, profit sharing and college tuition reimbursement.