Dot Foods, Inc., Mt. Sterling, Ill., selected Dyersburg, Tenn., as the site of the company’s ninth distribution center. Construction of this new $24 million facility will Dot Foods mid south facilitybegin this fall in the Dyersburg Industrial Park on State Highway 211. Twenty-five-year Dot Foods veteran Tim Loyd as the new facility’s general manager.

The distribution center is scheduled to open in September 2014, with a temporary office opening in September 2013. The 166,494-square-foot facility will 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,” says John Tracy, chief executive officer. “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, Ind., a location he helped open in 2007.

“Dot Foods and Dot Transportation plan to hire 157 employees within our first three years in Dyersburg,” says Loyd. “This includes truck drivers, managers, supervisors, management trainees, warehouse workers, garage technicians, maintenance technicians, clerical employees and more. The great family atmosphere in Dyersburg, along with a quality workforce, will translate into great service for our customers in the Mid-south.”