Need a job? Growing Vandalia company to hire 41 new workers

Dayton Freight Lines in Vandalia to add 41 new full-time positions over the next 3 years. EMILY KRONENBERGER/STAFF

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Dayton Freight Lines in Vandalia to add 41 new full-time positions over the next 3 years. EMILY KRONENBERGER/STAFF

A growing Vandalia trucking company plans to add up to another 41 new full-time positions over the next three years.

Dayton Freight Lines Inc. will add the positions with the help of a $50,000 incentive from Montgomery County.

Sand Lake Properties LLC, which owns the building Dayton Freight is in, received a grant last month from the Montgomery County ED/GE program, which awards incentives on a competitive basis.

“We’re very excited for Sand Lake Properties and this grant the company is receiving,” said Vandalia Assistant City Manager Amber Holloway.

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Dayton Freight Lines was established in 1981 and is a fast-growing logistics company. Last year, the company added about 50 positions.

Sand Lake Properties and Dayton Freight were awarded the $50,000 to make updates to the building. Dayton Freight is the largest of 14 tenants in the building at 6450 Poe Ave.

The grant will help update the heating and cooling system to digital thermostats.

“The building upgrades will allow a more energy-efficient operation and a better work environment for all of the Sand Lake tenants, including Dayton Freight,” Holloway said.

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The grant pulls resources from participating municipalities and then awards economic development grants to projects that bring jobs to the region, according to Vandalia Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

There are two application processes per year, one in late to early spring and in the fall.

The Sand Lake project fits well into the ED/GE program’s goal of working to retain and grow jobs in Montgomery County, Holloway said.

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“It’s a huge incentive for our businesses to make improvements to their building and bring new jobs to this region,” Holloway said. “Especially to the city of Vandalia.”

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