Hewitt, Texas – FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) celebrated the groundbreaking of its 102,000-square-foot distribution facility in Central Texas. The site doubles capacity here with 96 van positions, expandable to 120. In addition, production will increase by 7,500 more packages per hour to 22,500. FedEx reports that the new space will allow for an increase in volume, which could translate into an increase in workforce over time.
“Since 2003 this region has experienced a 70 percent volume increase. FedEx Ground has launched four projects this year alone to support growing volume, and this new facility is the biggest out of them,” said Roy Pittman, Managing Director Gulf Coast FedEx Ground. “We are excited about this new site. By doubling our capacity, we will be able to improve our delivery times and better serve Central Texas consumers.”
The project is a boost for Hewitt’s Commerce Park at Interstate 35 and Alliance Parkway. The site is the largest project to locate in the 147-acre Commerce Park development, is a master-planned commercial and industrial development of Intrust Properties.
"The City of Hewitt is proud to have FedEx in our marketplace,” said Adam Miles, City Manager of Hewitt.
The new facility was made possible by the collaboration of multiple partners; the City of Hewitt, Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, Intrust Properties, Greater Waco Chamber and Texas Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Services, Inc.
"Every player understands the bottom line and has worked diligently to achieve it (in this project)," said Nick Jones, Development Manager of Jones Development Company.
"FedEx is an important member of our robust logistics industry that includes 20 distribution centers totaling nearly 8 million square feet,” said Sarah Roberts, Senior Vice President Economic Development for the Greater Waco Chamber. “This project is a great example of Greater Waco’s regional efforts to support existing business expansions and we appreciate the partnerships that have made it possible to welcome this newest logistics expansion."
About FedEx Ground: FedEx Ground has a network of more than 500 distribution hubs and local pickup-and-delivery terminals with a workforce of more than 69,000 employees and independent contractors nationwide. With 29,000 vehicles on the road, the company delivers more than 3.5 million packages daily throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The company reported annual revenue of $8.5 billion in fiscal year 2011.