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DYERSBURG, TN (KFVS) -

The nation's largest food redistributor, Dot Foods, Inc. has chosen Dyersburg, Tenn. as the site of the company's ninth distribution center.

Construction on the new $24 million facility will begin this fall in the Dyersburg Industrial Park on State Highway 21 will bring 157 new jobs to the area. The company has already appointed 25-year-old Dot Foods veteran Tim Loyd as the new facility's general manager.

“I want to congratulate Dot Foods on their announcement of this new facility, and I thank them for their investment in Dyer County and Tennessee,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. “Our Jobs4TN strategy focuses on leveraging Tennessee’s unique assets to create and grow new jobs across the state, and today’s announcement helps us toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

The distribution center is scheduled to open in September 2014, and a temporary office will open in September 2013. The new facility will be 166,494 square feet in size and include frozen, refrigerated and ambient storage; a 125,000-square-foot warehouse; and a 9,500-square-foot truck and tractor garage. It will service Dot Foods distributor customers in middle and western Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and western Kentucky.

“We are excited about the opportunity to open our newest distribution center in Dyersburg,” said John Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods. “We conduct extensive logistics analyses on where and when to open a new distribution center and we chose Dyersburg because of the community’s support, proximity to other Dot Foods locations and customers, as well as its cultural fit with our company. We’re also equally excited to appoint Tim Loyd as the new facility’s general manager.”

Having spent more than 25 years with Dot Foods, Loyd most recently served as general manager for the company’s distribution center in Cambridge City, Indiana, a location he helped open in 2007.

Dot Transportation will begin hiring truck drivers immediately Dot Foods will be recruiting management staff immediately. All truck driver positions will be posted on www.DriveforDot.com and all open positions will be posted on the careers page at www.DotFoods.com.

This will be the ninth distribution center for Dot Foods. Dyersburg is located just 75 miles from Memphis in northwest Tennessee and has a regional workforce of approximately 123,000 people.

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