MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Dot Foods has completed work on a new refrigerated warehouse at its corporate headquarters and is adding 25 new jobs to staff it.
Work on the 110,000-square-foot cooler warehouse began in June. It is now in operation, a month ahead of schedule, giving Dot's Mount Sterling operations 1.41 million square feet of warehouse space.
"This expansion will allow us to continue to grow the business and bring additional jobs to this area," said Jim Tracy, Dot Foods senior vice president.
Inside the new warehouse will be an employee-friendly break room, equipped with its own pingpong table, pool table and foosball table. The break room also will have more room for employee appreciation events and buffet lunches.
"It's been our goal for a long time to build a break room that was different and offered more than just a place to sit while you eat," said Bryan Langston, general manager of warehouse operations.
Dot Foods will be eligible for state tax credits based on the jobs created in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The Stellar Group Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., managed the construction project, which also built new meeting rooms and offices. The new cooler is on the north side of Dot's frozen warehouse, which was expanded by 148,000 square feet in August 2012.