2019 has been quite the year. We’ve celebrated distribution center (DC) anniversaries, launched Dot employee stories via #MyDotStory, watched Dot Foods Oklahoma become the DC champion of the annual Forklift Rodeo, shared Dot intern program takeaways, demonstrated how food makes it to your plate, and so much more.
But, 2020 is not only a new year—it’s a new decade. A fresh start. The mark of of many more innovative years to come.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2020, but here are a few of the things we are looking forward to the most:
2020 marks 60 years of Dot making an impact in the food industry and the supply chain. We can hardly believe that it was six decades ago that our founders Robert (RT) and Dorothy Tracy started Dot Foods out of the back of their red station wagon.
When RT and Dorothy founded Dot, they wanted to start a company where they treated their employees the way they would want to be treated. That sentiment of respect, honesty, teamwork, accountability, and family still holds strong today. That’s what the Dot Experience is all about.
We will be celebrating this historic milestone all year long—but, in May, our various locations will spend a week hosting festive activities for employees and the community. Then, Dot and the Tracy Family will be hosting a Founders’ Day celebration at our headquarters location in Mt. Sterling, Illinois.
Opening of Dot Foods Delaware
We are looking forward to bringing over 100 jobs to the Bear area and getting to know our community members and fellow community businesses.
Opening of the Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Family Health Center (FHC)
We are looking forward to taking quality healthcare to the next level in Mt. Sterling—and in all of our DC communities by 2025! Currently, employees at Dot Foods Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, and Oklahoma are enjoying the exceptional amenities that the health centers have to offer.
Beginning February 4, 2020, the following expanded services will be available to all Dot Foods and Dot Transportation, Inc. (DTI) employees, spouses, and dependents ages 3+ enrolled in Dot’s health insurance:
- Biometric screenings with complete lab panel and up to 30-minute consultation
- Condition management for high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol
- Occupational health visits
- Acute care visits
- Flu shots
- Annual wellness exams
- CDL driver recertifications
- Rehab services
The FHC performs many services at no cost to patients. Basic laboratory services and medication may include a minimal fee. Payment can be made through your Health Savings Account (HSA), payroll deduction, or any major credit card.
For more information, please reach out to your manager or HR manager.
Paternity Leave Changes Effective January 1, 2020
As of January 1, 2020, Dot’s new paternity leave plan will go into effect. We are so excited to be able to provide this benefit to our employees and their families, and to be adding to our current parental leave policies. Fathers will now receive two weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of their child. This leave can be combined with other paid sick, personal, and vacation time and must be taken within 12 weeks of the child’s arrival.
Vacation Time Increase for New Employees
Starting in 2020, all new employees will now get 40 hours of vacation time following six months of full-time employment. We hope new Dot employees will take this time to recharge, spend time on themselves, and create new memories with their families.
Dot Invests in You
Making that decision to commit to working for a company can be nerve-wracking and stressful. So, what if we told you that we are willing to invest as much in you as you are willing to invest in us and yourself? Working for a company who is committed to you is extremely important. We get that.
Everyone has a story.
Not that we’re biased or anything, but our Dot employees have some pretty incredible ones.
Whether they work in our warehouse and own their own restaurant, are a garage tech by day and a sauce boss by night, or have gone from being a professional athlete to a Dot driver—our employees have stories to share.