A windy, cold morning would not keep civic leaders, elected officials and the Dyersburg community from giving a warm welcome to Dot Foods Inc. and its senior managers on Thursday morning as they broke ground on a new home. Company leaders gathered with the Dyersburg community to place the first shovels in the ground for a $24 million distribution center in Dyersburg Industrial Park next to the Nordyne building off Highway 211. The 166,494-square-foot distribution center is scheduled for completion by September 2014 making it the company's ninth distribution center in the United States.
"What a great day it is for Dyersburg, Tennessee!" exclaimed Dyersburg Mayor John Holden. "We as a community are very fortunate to have been selected as the site of their newest operation. On behalf of the citizens of Dyersburg, we welcome you today to our community and look forward to a long-lasting, successful relationship."
Larry White, chairman of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, thanked the countless number of individuals involved in the over three-year process to secure Dot Foods Inc. He welcomed Dot Foods as a partner and encouraged them to not only get involved with the chamber but with local charitable organizations as well.
"Dyer County is not only a great place to work but a great place to live," said White.
Senior leaders from Dot Foods, other local elected officials and state representatives also spoke at the brief ceremony hosted by Tim Loyd, general manager of the Dot Foods Mid-South Distribution Center in Dyersburg. Loyd shared what a great community he has found Dyersburg to be. A University of Memphis graduate, Loyd said he was secretly pulling for the site in Dyersburg to ultimately win out and was thrilled when it did.
"This is a very exciting time for Dot Foods as we begin construction on our ninth distribution center," said Loyd in a press release. "We can already tell that Dyersburg was the right choice for this facility because the people here have been tremendous to work with and have made it possible for us to make this project a reality. Thanks to the efforts of those here today, and many others, Dot Foods will be able to provide the best service to our customers in the Mid-South."
Loyd's sentiments were echoed by Dot Foods Senior Vice President Jim Tracy, who recalled his first visit to Dyersburg where he was impressed by the commitment demonstrated by civic and community leaders to excellence.
"Your leaders sent a strong message that they wanted us there," said Tracy, who shared that he also spent time in the community on an unannounced visit and was just as impressed by the residents as he was by the leaders.
"We think this is a perfect fit," added John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods. "When we come we invest heavily. We want to make this our home. We promise to be a good partner and a good neighbor."
According to a press release statement, the new distribution center will house a 125,000-square-foot warehouse complete with frozen, refrigerated and ambient storage; as well as a 9,500-square-foot truck and tractor garage. The Dyersburg location will service Dot Foods customers in middle and western Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and western Kentucky.
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