Dot Foods building Ontario DC

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Dot Foods Canada is building a distribution centre in Ingersoll, Ontario.

Ingersoll is about 150 km southwest of Toronto.

Construction of this new, $39 million-facility will begin this spring off Clarke Road near Highway 401. The 126,500 square foot distribution centre is scheduled to open in 2023.

Outgrowing current space

Dot Foods’ volume growth in Canada is driving the need for more warehouse capacity.

“We are excited about the plans for this new facility for our Canadian operations,” said John Tracy, Dot Foods Canada executive chairman.

“Dot’s distribution model is in high demand in Canada, and that demand has driven the need to find a location that will provide the space and land needed for future expansion opportunities to 500,000 square feet. Ingersoll is a wonderful community, and we look forward to being a part of it.”

Replacing leased facility

Dot Foods, a subsidiary of Dot Foods, Inc., initially established operations in Canada in 2016 with the purchase of Canadian food redistributor Marketwest, and set up DCs in Calgary and Brampton, Ontario. Once the new facility is complete, it will replace operations at the currently leased Brampton location.

The Ingersoll facility will include offices and dry, refrigerated, and frozen warehouse space with docks.

Dot will offer positions at the new facility to all employees who currently work at the Brampton location. The company also expects to hire 200 new employees from Ingersoll and surrounding areas in the next three to five years. These positions will largely be for warehouse workers and truck drivers, with some office and administrative roles.

“We’re very excited to have Dot Foods Canada join the community in Ingersoll,” said Ted Comiskey, mayor of Ingersoll. “This investment will provide great jobs to support hundreds of families within Ingersoll and area. Due to Ingersoll’s strategic location, this will introduce new opportunities within the food sector for the Town, Oxford County and Southwestern Ontario as a whole.”

Dot Foods Transportation Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Dot Foods Transportation, Inc., distributes a diverse range of 1,800 Canadian and American products for more than 275 Canadian distribution points.