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Dot Foods warehouse to expand

December 01, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT - An expansion of DOT Foods Inc. in Williamsport is expected to bring about 100 jobs to the area over the next four years.

The positions will be mostly for truck drivers and warehouse staff, general manager Brian Duffield said.

The Mt. Sterling, Ill., company has locations throughout the country and delivers food service and retail products to its network of distributors.

Duffield said the growth of the distribution center on Elliott Parkway has led to the expansion, which will bring the overall facility to more than 275,000 square feet. About 63,000 square feet of dry storage area and 40,000 square feet of frozen storage area will be added.

"We're expanding due to rapid, double-digit growth companywide and at this distribution center," Duffield said.

Construction on the $10 million project is under way now and is expected to be complete by June 2007, Duffield said.

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DOT Foods Inc., which has been a Washington County business since 1994, has 290 full- and part-time employees. He said the 100 new hires will be phased in. Twenty-five to 30 will be hired next year, and 40 will be hired the year after that, Duffield said.

The bulk of those new jobs will be for material handlers and drivers, but there will be some leadership positions available, he said.

Cassandra H. Latimer, deputy director of Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said DOT Foods Inc. is the 24th-largest employer in Washington County. With the new hires, they have the potential to jump to the 15th-largest employer in the county, she said.

"There's more demand for their services and their products," she said. "They've discussed expanding several times since they've come to town."

In 1999, Duffield said 46,000 square feet of space for frozen items was added to the distribution center.

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