Dot Foods broke ground on Oct. 17 on its 12th distribution center.

The new $36 million facility will be constructed on 35 acres of land in Bear, about 50 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

The 188,000-square-foot facility will be located at 301 American Blvd., near the intersection of Red Lion and Wrangle Hill Roads. The development includes offices; dry, refrigerated and frozen warehouse space; and a truck yard and garage to service Dot’s fleet.

“A lot of work has been done to get us to this day,” said Dick Tracy, Dot Foods president, “and we are excited to move this project into the next phase. Dot Foods Delaware joins our other two East Coast locations, in Maryland and New York and will allow us to even better serve our customers in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. We look forward to building relationships with many more people in the region as we become part of the Bear community.”

Dot Foods leaders were joined by several state and county leaders to mark the occasion. Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Director Damian DeStefano of the Delaware Division of Small Business attended the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Sen. Nicole Poore and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer.

Dot will begin work on the Bear distribution center next month with an estimated completion date for the project of fall 2019. Dot will hire up to 125 people in the first year starting with truck drivers. The company established a terminal location in New Castle for its transportation operations at 194 S. Dupont Highway. Dot Transportation offers multiple 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 your 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.

Dot will also have career opportunities for warehouse and support staff. Hiring will get underway next spring. Dot plans to employ 200 people by 2022.

Dot Foods Delaware will be led by general manager Joe Little. Little will celebrate his 30th anniversary with the company in 2019. He began his career at Dot’s corporate headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. After spending 13 years there, he moved to Dot’s Maryland location, before transferring to Idaho to open that distribution center. For the last five years, Little has served as the general manager of Dot Foods New York in Liverpool. He and his wife Janna are in the process of relocating to Delaware.

For more, visit dotfoods.com.