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CIT Named Vendor of the Year - Dot Transportation


Dot Foods pioneered the concept of food redistribution in 1960 by purchasing products from the manufacturers and re-packaging them for distribution to restaurants, convenience stores and other outlets. Dot Transportation manages the logistics and distribution of these products, which come from more than 700 food suppliers. Still family-owned, Dot has eight distribution centers in the U.S. and serves markets in all 50 states.

Volvo sold its first truck to Dot in 2003, and today the fleet of around 850 trucks is “about 75 percent Volvo,” said Steve Matteson, Volvo Trucks district sales manager in llinois. “Dot Foods and Dot Transportation are all about relationships,” he said. “It’s a true American success story, going from an investment of $600 and a station wagon to around $4 billion in annual revenues today.”

Among the reasons cited for the selection of the CIT Group, Inc.and Volvo team: good quality and reliability; low maintenance and repair cost; timely delivery of new equipment; strong dealer support, including the ability to handle a large number of repairs; timely parts delivery; and outstanding corporate support. Jan Nussbaum, vice president of CIT Group, Inc. said the improved quality and reliability is clear from fewer reports of defects in newer Volvo trucks. “Customers are also very pleased with the fuel economy gains,” Jan said, “and the I-Shift transmission is just a tremendous product that has people talking.”

Steve is pleased that Dot chose to honor CIT Group, Inc. and Volvo Trucks as a team for this award. “The dealer is the glue that brings the customer and Volvo together,” he said. “They have the daily contact and handle the pricing, trades, all the details that make it work. Without the strong performance of CIT Group, Inc with this customer, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

CIT Group, Inc. - Central Illinois Trucks has locations in: Normal, Peru, Springfield, Morton, Champaign, Joliet, Bensenville, and Edwardsville.