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FedEx to boost Ohio services with US$87 million facility

FedEx will invest US$87 million for a distribution facility in Ohio to meet the growing demand of local shippers.
FedEx is immediately starting work on its 400,000 square foot facility in Ohio.
FedEx is immediately starting work on its 400,000 square foot facility in Ohio.

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FedEx has announced plans to significantly boost its operations in the US state of Ohio, with its current facility in Toledo being replaced with a modern distribution centre in Perrysburg Township.

The company has already selected a 127-acre site for the project, which is estimated to cost US$87 million, including land, construction and material handling equipment.

Site work on the 400,000 square foot facility is expected to begin immediately. When it opens in 2009, the new hub will feature the latest automated material handling technology designed to initially process 22,500 packages per hour and 45,000 packages per hour when it eventually reaches full capacity after a projected expansion.

The current workforce of nearly 550 employees and independent contractors is projected to eventually increase to more than 800.

"Enhancing our distribution capability in the Midwest is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase the size, speed and efficiency of our network," said Michael Mannion, senior vice president of operations for FedEx Ground. "This new facility will help us meet the growing demand of local shippers and serve as one of just two gateways for shipments destined to Canada."

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