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Dot, Vandor projects receive EDIT grants totaling $124,000

RICHMOND, Ind. – Two Wayne County businesses will receive EDIT grants totaling $124,000 to support expansion projects that plan to create 71 jobs.

Dot Transportation, a division of Dot Foods, will receive an economic development grant of $86,000, and Vandor Group Inc. will receive a grant of $38,000.

Theresa Lindsey, business and workplace development manager for the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, presented the EDIT grant applications to Wayne County commissioners on Wednesday, and the commissioners unanimously approved both. . EDC’s board of directors had approved the applications on Monday.

Dot is planning a $5.5 million investment in its Gateway Industrial Park distribution facility in Cambridge City. Work would include expanding office space, renovating a gatehouse and creating a lorry drivers’ lounge with showers and sleeping berths. Lindsey said the company hopes to attract 43 additional truck drivers.

“This shortage of drivers is critical,” she said.

Drivers would earn $60,000 a year just driving the minimum amount, and they can earn up to $107,000 after their first year. Dot will pay new drivers $750 per week for about a dozen weeks of CDLA courses and truck training with experienced drivers.

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