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Ground broken for Dot Foods facility

April 6, 2017 GMT

BULLHEAD CITY — Saying he’s never seen such a turnout for a Dot Foods groundbreaking as greeted him in Bullhead City on Wednesday, Senior Vice President Jim Tracy was the first of several luminaries to speak at the brief ceremony.

Dot, a family-owned business based in Illinois, is making a $30 million investment on a Bullhead City distribution center and will have an annual payroll of $6.8 million to

$8 million, Tracy said.

Its truck drivers will make $60,000 to $70,000 a year on average, he said.

According to a Dot press release, the company plans to hire up to 125 people in the first year, starting with truck drivers. Hiring for warehouse and support staff will begin this fall.

Dot said it plans to employ 170 people at the Bullhead City facility by 2020.

The Bullhead City Council, Mohave County and the State of Arizona offered Dot financial incentives to build at the Bullhead Airpark, which is a separate entity and not part of Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport.

Dot buys 100,000 food items from manufacturers and sells them to companies that redistribute them.

The company has 3 million square feet of warehouse capacity spread out among 10 distribution centers in the continental United States.

Its Bullhead distribution center is expected to have 170,000 square feet of space, including the warehouse, office space and a truck maintenance shop.

“This family-owned, nationally recognized business operation is a perfect fit for Bullhead City,” said city manager Toby Cotter. “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.”

Two speakers received a standing ovation: Don Laughlin, recognized as the founder of the gambling city that bears his name across the Colorado River, as well as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who flew in for the occasion.

“It’s a great day for the state of Arizona,” Ducey said, agreeing that Dot is a “perfect fit” for the state with its entrepreneurial spirit.

“Dot Foods will now provide many of Mohave County’s amazing people and their families the economic opportunity to build a better life for themselves,” Ducey said. “This facility will bring significant capital investment and career opportunities for truck drivers, mechanics, maintenance workers and office management personnel.”

Laughlin said Dot’s investment will have “a positive impact on the community for decades to come.”

“It’s another milestone in Bullhead City history,” said Mayor Tom Brady.

David Lords, Laughlin Ranch founder, helped facilitate the real estate deal that brought Dot to Bullhead. He gave credit to the hard work of the major players, who all came together for a common goal.

“What a great day for Mohave County,” said Gary Watson, Mohave County Board of Supervisors chairman.

Tracy said Wednesday’s groundbreaking was the culmination of a process that has been ongoing “for several years.”

“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 the area.”

The Dot facility is expected to open in early 2018.