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Dot Foods Inc. planning to expand plant, work force

August 22, 2006|by TARA REILLY

WILLIAMSPORT - Dot Foods Inc. is planning to add as many as 100 jobs over the next four years as part of a $10 million expansion of its distribution center in Williamsport.

The Mt. Sterling, Ill., company, with locations throughout the country, delivers food service and retail products to distributors in each of the 50 states, according to a written statement.

The food redistributor will add 63,000 square feet of dry storage capacity and 40,000 square feet of frozen storage capacity, increasing the total square footage at the 16301 Elliott Parkway facility to 257,000 square feet.

Brian Duffield, general manager of the Williamsport distribution center, said Monday that continued growth is driving the need for the expansion.

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"Due to volume growth, we need to expand," he said.

Duffield said the business hopes to begin construction by the end of August and have the work completed in the spring of 2007.

The Williamsport distribution center delivers food service, convenience and supermarket products, and equipment and supplies to seven states in the eastern U.S., according to the statement.

The jobs that will be added include warehouse material handlers, truck drivers, supervisors and administrators.

The warehouse positions pay as much as $16 an hour, and the average salary for truck drivers in 2005 was about $64,500, Duffield said. The business guarantees first-year truck drivers will earn $50,000 in the first year, he said.

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