The company signed a letter of intent to purchase a 121,000 sq.-ft. warehouse in Ardmore, according to Jim Tracy, senior vice-president and general counsel. Including the corporate headquarters in Mt. Sterling, IL, this will be the company's sixth distribution center nationally. Ardmore has a population of 21,000 and is located 100 miles south of Oklahoma City.
"A logistics analysis proved that we would be able to save costs by locating a distribution center in the northern Texas and southern Oklahoma corridor," said Tracy. "We selected Oklahoma because it is a very business-friendly state, and Ardmore really welcomed us. Ardmore has a great transportation network centering on Interstate 35. This will allow us to not only save costs but also to better serve our supplier and distributor partners in that part of the country."
In addition to the 10.5 acres the dry warehouse is located on, Dot Foods plans to buy an adjoining 14 acres from Ardmore to add a frozen and refrigerated warehouse. Overall, the distribution center will add about 100 jobs to the community in its first year of operation. The facility is slated to open early next year.
Dot Foods also has distribution centers in Modesto, CA, Williamsport, MD, Liverpool, NY, and Vidalia, GA. It services more than 3,000 distributor-customers.