BURLEY — Community-oriented Dot Foods brought a regional distribution center to Burley in 2008 adding 330 jobs to the economy.

Last year the company donated $58,000 to local charities.

“A lot of companies talk about being part of the community,” said Cheryl Hurrle, Dot’s human resources manager.

At Dot, the company is the community. The company has a program called Teaming with Local Charities or the TLC Program, where the company makes a donation to a charity of the employee’s choice in the employee’s name based on the number of hours the employee volunteers.

“We are very strong believers in community,” Hurrle said, because the company’s employees are part of the community.

The company is involved with the local chamber of commerce along with numerous charitable endeavors including food pantries, Relay For Life, local schools and senior center, the company has had a team with Paint Magic for six years and donates to the VikingMan Triathlon and the festival of trees.

The company also provided financial support during the Rupert YMCA fundraising and the company is “a large supporter” of the South Central United Way, Hurrle said.

The company founded by Robert Tracy in the 1960s developed a new concept of distributing foods. Dot Foods purchases full truckloads of goods from manufacturers and resells them in less-than truckload quantities to distributers on a weekly basis. The manufacturers pay Dot to handle the costly smaller orders, which means no added costs for the distributors, according to the company’s website.

Anthony Soto, general manager of Dot Foods in Burley, said the proximity of Burley to large population centers like Seattle and Portland first drew the company to the area.

“If you draw a 600-mile circle around Burley it will hit every population center including Las Vegas,” Soto said.

Hurrle, the HR manager, said the proximity of the site to the interstate was also a factor.

The initial interest was solidified by the work of the city’s economic development team, he said.

“They did an excellent job of drawing the company to the area,” Soto said.

“Dot Foods is one of the top notch companies in the country,” said Doug Manning, Burley economic development director.

The company brought more than 300 good jobs with benefits to Mini-Cassia, which helped diversify the economy.

“The company is also really employee oriented. It really takes care of its people,” Manning said. “I see nothing but good things in its future.”

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