Dot Foods wraps up first year in Bullhead City
BULLHEAD CITY — Its operation in Bullhead City represents the most successful start-up in Dot Foods’ distribution facility history, according to plant manager Rocky Vecera.
Training activity at the 190,000-square-foot warehouse began in late January of 2018, and the facility began taking in food product a year ago before shipping started last March.
“Things are going very well here. We’re actually way ahead of where we thought we would be on our hiring plan,” Vecera said. “We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be in our volume, which is basically how much product we’re receiving and shipping.”
An initial workforce of 85 people has more than doubled over the year. Vecera said 190 people work at the Bullhead City distribution center — about 65 truck drivers, the same number of warehouse workers and 65 administrative and support personnel.
Vecera said employment will top 200 by the summer once the facility takes on additional service territory from California. He said Dot Foods and Bullhead City have forged a great partnership.
“The acceptance in the area, the welcome that we’ve received is still very well felt,” Vecera said. “We continue to support the community through nonprofit donations and some of our leadership team being involved in different nonprofit organizations and we’re part of the community.”
Vecera said workers on each of the four shifts were treated with a cook-out meal in celebration of the first anniversary of operations.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony last March, attended by Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady, City Manager Toby Cotter and Mohave County District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius, officials gushed about the addition of Dot to the local economy.
“We welcome you to this historic day — another milestone in the history of Bullhead City,” Brady said in his remarks to the crowd of about 200 people attending the ceremony. “We hope that you succeed beyond your wildest expectations and we hope that we can both grow together.”
“The City of Bullhead City enthusiastically welcomes Dot Foods to the community,” Cotter said. “For many years the city has been trying to diversify its economy, and Dot Foods is the first step in that direction. From job creation to community investment, Dot Foods is a welcome addition to Bullhead City. The company has already shown great leadership, ingenuity and investment at its new distribution center. We proudly welcome them to our community and look forward to a great working relationship for decades to come.”