FedEx Ground said Friday it is building a new distribution center in Fort Worth that will employ about 375 workers. The new 300,000 square foot distribution center, expected to open in August 2015, will be located near the company’s Southwest Regional Sort Hub at Alliance Airport. FedEx Ground currently has six facilities in the area and employs over 2,800 people. At Alliance, FedEx has about 600,000 square feet and employs more than 800 workers.
.According to the Memphis-based company, the new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network. Since 2005, the company has opened 11 new hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities. FedEx Corp. said earlier this year it forecasts another record holiday. The company expects to move more than 290 million shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, an 8.8 percent increase in overall year-over-year Peak seasonal volume.
To handle those increases, in its fiscal 2015, FedEx plans to invest another $1.2 billion in FedEx Ground, most of which is for capacity and automation, including more than 70 major expansion projects, including the Alliance project. In the past five years, the FedEx Ground investment for capacity projects has been close to $2.5 billion – nearly 90 percent of the FedEx Ground total capital expenditure in that five years.
FedEx Ground is not the only FedEx division to expand in the area. FedEx Office & Print Services Inc. broke ground earlier this year in Plano for a new 265,000 square foot corporate campus.
– Robert Francis