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Local plant expanding, adding more jobs

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

DYERSBURG, Tenn. -- DOT Foods has not opened its distribution center in Dyersburg just yet, but that has not stopped the company from expanding and hiring more workers each month.

"I can't go anywhere in the area without a person saying 'thank you for coming to Dyersburg'," Tim Loyd said, general manager of the Dyersburg location.

That is because the plant is giving some job seekers hope. Dyer County's unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, two points higher than the state average. Last month the company began taking applications for 130 drivers and warehouse workers. On Wednesday, the company announced it will add an additional 90 positions to support its expansion into Mexico.

"The company has been in business since 1960 and we double the size of the business every five years," Loyd said.

DOT Foods officials said there is still a lot of work to do on the building, but they are on track to open in November and hope to be fully staffed with close to 250 employees by the end of the year.

"It's just exciting to see all these jobs being made available," said Allen Hester, president of the Dyer County/Dyersburg Chamber of Commerce.

According to DOT Foods officials it is only the beginning.

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