FedEx Ground Plans to Build Another DC in Chicago

FedEx Ground, the small-package ground unit of FedEx Corp., is building a package sorting and delivery station that would be the fifth major facility for the company in the Chicago area.

The 214,000 square-foot facility is to be built in Grayslake, IL. Expected to open in late 2011, the facility will join four others in serving the ground shipping needs of Chicagoland, featuring automated material handling technology for sorting packages and dispatching up to 130 vans per day to make deliveries in the area. The workforce at opening is projected to include more than 200 full-time and part-time employees and could grow to almost 500 when the facility is operating at full capacity.

The new FedEx Ground distribution center (DC) is part of an ongoing nationwide network expansion and transit time acceleration plan to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of its network. Since embarking on the expansion plan in 2002, FedEx Ground has opened nine new hubs and expanded and/or relocated more than 500 local facilities. The network enhancement plan has resulted in accelerating ground service delivery by one day or more in more than half of the United States.

FedEx Ground now claims that it delivers more than 50% of packages in two days or less and more than 80% of packages in three days or less. Additionally, average daily package volume has increased by more than 50% from 2.1 million in 2003 to more than 3.3 million today.

Several local government agencies, including the Village of Grayslake, Lake County, the local school districts and fire protection district all worked together to enable FedEx to develop this site. The collaboration among all the partners reflects their commitment to bringing jobs to Lake County, and bolstering economic development.

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