Dot Foods, the largest food industry redistributor in North America, announced it will soon call Bear home.

The company announced on Sept. 20 it will begin construction of a new distribution center in Bear late this year. Dot hopes to have the facility operational in fall of 2019.

The new, $36 million facility will be constructed on 35 acres of land at 301 American Blvd., near the intersection of Red Lion and Wrangle Hill Roads. Dot plans to hold a groundbreaking celebration for the new distribution center in October.

In addition to construction of the new facility, Dot established trucking operations for its affiliate Dot Transportation, at a terminal location in nearby New Castle. Dot plans to hire 50 drivers for the New Castle terminal location; those drivers will move to the Bear distribution center when it is up and running. In total, Dot will hire 125 people for warehouse, truck driver and administrative roles at its Bear facility within the first year and up to 200 by 2022.

Dot Transportation offers career opportunities for both experienced and new drivers at the New Castle terminal: those that handle freight and those that don’t, with schedule options that fit any lifestyle. Drivers’ salaries are guaranteed in writing; experienced drivers who handle freight are guaranteed to earn $75,000 their first year, and those who do not touch freight are guaranteed $71,800. Experienced drivers also receive an assigned tractor on day one, vacation time match and health insurance gap coverage. All full-time employees receive a benefits package worth more than $20,000.

The new Dot Foods Delaware distribution center will house main and outbuilding facilities totaling more than 188,609 square feet. That includes more than 111,000 square feet of refrigerated, frozen and dry storage warehouse space, 12,600 square feet of office space and a 9,700-square-foot garage. Dot Foods Delaware joins Dot’s two other facilities in the Northeast: Dot Foods Maryland, located in Williamsport and Dot Foods New York in Liverpool.

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