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Dot Foods adds on, brings more jobs

December 05, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

WILLIAMSPORT - Dot Foods Inc., a national food service redistributor, will break ground later this month on a major addition that will add jobs at its distribution center on Elliott Parkway in Williamsport, according to a company official.

The additional 46,000 square feet in freezer space will allow 20,000 square feet of the existing freezer space to be converted to refrigerated space, General Manager John Long said.

The expansion will support the company's growing volume of refrigerated items, an area which it expanded into about two years ago, Long said.

"It will definitely offer additional employment opportunities," he said, though he wouldn't give any specifics.

The facility, in the 70/81 Industrial Park, has about 150 employees in warehouse and transportation jobs now, Long said.

It serves the mid-Atlantic and New England regions for Illinois-based Dot Foods, which buys products from food manufacturers then sells them to restaurant suppliers, he said.

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The $5 million project, expected to be finished by Sept. 1, 1999, will bring the company's total warehouse space in Maryland to 181,000 square feet, Long said.

The project also will include an additional 4,000 to 5,000 square feet for a battery changing area and a break room, he said.

Dot Foods opened its Williamsport distribution center in 1994. It was expanded in 1997 with the purchase of a 27,400-square-foot freezer/refrigerator facility one door down in the industrial park.

The company also has distribution centers in Modesto, Calif., and Vidalia, Ga.

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