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“Building a new distribution center in Mohave County will allow us to better serve our customers,” Tracy said. “It will provide a much-needed access point into the Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Nevada and Utah markets. From our experience working with the State of Arizona, Mohave County and Bullhead City, it is evident the area is open for business. We are excited to establish roots in this region, although we still have challenges to address to make this facility a success.”

Last month, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to award $500,000 from the economic development fund to bring the food distribution and warehouse plant to the area. While Tuesday’s release did not specifically name a site for the new center, it is believed that it will be near the Freeman Regional Distribution Center in Mohave Valley.

“With Dot Foods’ announcement to locate in Mohave County, I would like to recognize the collaborative efforts of Gov. Doug Ducey, the Arizona Commerce Authority, Bullhead City and Mohave County Economic Development Department who jointly worked to attract this major distribution center,” said Bishop, chairwoman of the board of supervisors. “We are excited about the new employment opportunities and the economic impact that Dot Foods presence will have on our communities and look forward to other businesses realizing that Mohave County is open for business.”

“We are very excited that Dot Foods chose Mohave County as the site for its newest distribution center,” Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady said . “Bullhead City will partner with Dot and Mohave Community College to expand the college’s truck driving school into Bullhead City. I am very proud of the support our city will bring, not only to Dot Foods, but also to other companies looking to take advantage of the affordability of the region, low tax environment and the availability of workers.

Founded in 1960 by Robert and Dorothy Tracy, Dot Foods remains family-owned and operated today. Headquartered in the small town of Mount Sterling, Ill., Dot buys full truckloads of products from 830 manufacturers and consolidates those products in 10 distribution centers across the country. Dot then resells products in less-than-truckload quantities to distributors on a weekly basis.

Food manufacturers are experts at product development, production and marketing, but their transportation systems are only set up to sell full truckloads of their products. In the United States, there are more than 15,000 distributors. Many of them are not large enough to regularly order from manufacturers in truckload quantities, or do not want to store large quantities for long periods. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes more than 112,000 food service, convenience, retail and vending products in less-than-truckload quantities to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries with short lead times.

“Dot Food’s selection of Arizona for a new distribution center speaks volumes about our state’s strategic geographic location and excellent transportation infrastructure,” Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said. “This project demonstrates how collaborative regional partnerships continue to attract quality employers such as Dot Foods to Arizona and strengthen our statewide economy.”

“The decision of the nation’s largest food redistribution company to locate their Southwestern US distribution center in Mohave County, Arizona, and provide more than 125 local Arizona jobs will be an economic boost to the Mohave County, Fort Mohave, and the Bullhead City region for many years to come,” said Mohave County Economic Development Director Bennett Bratley.

At the May 16 meeting where the county’s incentive was approved, the supervisors said the $500,000 guarantee would not be distributed to Dot Foods until a benchmark is met, including building the plant in the county and the start of operations. The money would also be allocated incrementally, not all at once.