The 584,000-square foot building on 130 acres is nearly five times the size of the original facility. FedEx has installed advanced material handling technology—including 15 miles of conveyor—that is expected to boost processing rates to 22,500 packages per hour. In the future, the distribution hub will be able to process 45,000 packages per hour at full capacity.
“Enhancing our distribution capability in the north central region is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase the size, speed and efficiency of our network,” said Jim Primm, vice president, central division, 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.”
The new FedEx Ground hub is part of the company’s nationwide expansion to increase daily package volume capacity and enhance speed and service capabilities. Since embarking on the multi-year expansion program in 2002, FedEx Ground has opened eight new hubs with advanced material handling systems and has expanded and/or relocated more than 500 local facilities.
The network enhancements have resulted in accelerating ground service delivery by one day or more in more than half of the U.S.