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Jul 1, 2016

LOUNGE FOR TRUCKERS * USA: Dot Food´s

* Illinois - Dot Foods grows again, opens $1.1M lounge for truck drivers

--- Dick Kramberg knows a thing or two about the life of an over-the-road truck driver... Kramberg, 70, has been working for Dot Foods since 1976, and he can only shake his head in admiration in to talking about how far the company, the nation's largest food redistributor, has come in the 40 years he has been one of its drivers... "When I started, there were 10 trucks," said Kramberg, a Camp Point resident who has driven 4.5 million miles for Dot -- the equivalent of 181 times around the Earth... Kramberg was one of the honored guests Wednesday at the grand opening of Dot's $1.1 million truck driver lounge, a 2,800-square-foot facility on the south side of the company's sprawling 71-acre campus... The lounge will serve as a home away from home for Dot drivers -- there are now 1,200 nationwide -- coming and going from the company's Mount Sterling headquarters. Similar facilities likely will be built in the coming years at some of Dot's other distribution centers; there are eight across the United States... The new lounge includes showers, a full kitchen, laundry room, a TV room, computer room, vending machines, and a quiet room for reading and resting... The facility, which also includes a covered porch and back patio with a pergola and grills, was designed by Klingner and Associates of Illinois. Construction on the prairie-style commercial building with gable roof and multiple dormers began in January... 
 (H-W Photo/Phil Carlson - Dot Foods Chief Operating Officer Dick Tracy, facing camera, talks with company truck drivers Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Dot's new $1.1 million truck driver lounge on the company's Mount Sterling campus. The 2,800-square-foot lounge offers showers, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, a TV room, computer room with workstations, and a quiet room. At right is trucker Dick Kramberg, who has been driving for Dot since 1976)   --   Mount Sterling, ILL, USA - The Herald-Whig, by Steve Eighinger - Jun. 29, 2016

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