FedEx Ground Expands Operations with New Dallas Hub

By: Bubbajunk.com

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2005--FedEx Ground, a leading small-package ground carrier and an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX), has opened a new 325,000-square-foot distribution hub near Dallas in Hutchins, Texas.

Today, customers will join T. Michael Glenn, executive vice president of Market Development and Corporate Communications, FedEx Corp. and John Wiley Price, Dallas County Commissioner, to celebrate the facility opening.

The Dallas hub is one of nine hubs to open as part of a network expansion plan that will include the relocation or expansion of more than 290 pickup and delivery terminals through 2010. The nationwide expansion will boost the company's current average daily pickup capacity by nearly 70 percent over the next five years. This summer, FedEx Ground also opened hubs in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hagerstown, Maryland. A fourth new hub, under construction near Memphis, Tennessee will begin operations in 2006.

The $34-million hub is capable of processing up to 22,500 packages per hour and is equipped with the most advanced package-sortation technology, including high speed conveyors and camera-based scan tunnels to maximize package sorting rates. The new Dallas hub has a workforce of more than 700 employees and independent contractors. FedEx currently has nearly 5,500 FedEx employees and contractors working in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

"At FedEx Ground, we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service in small-package ground shipping," said Daniel J. Sullivan, president and CEO, FedEx Ground. "The opening of the Dallas hub is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance service and meet customer demand by increasing the size, speed and reliability of our network."

Situated on 102 acres, the Dallas hub is one of 29 centralized distribution centers in the company's network and the third major FedEx Ground facility in the Dallas metroplex. FedEx Ground also operates a hub in Fort Worth and an automated terminal in Irving.

Rogers-O'Brien Construction Co. of Dallas was the construction manager for the facility and Bucon, Inc., based in Kansas City, Missouri, provided construction services for the metal building components. Rodman Excavation of Frisco, Texas, was responsible for site excavation and HK Systems of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, installed the material handling systems. Pickering Firm, Inc. served as the architect.

About FedEx Ground

FedEx Ground has a network of more than 500 distribution hubs and local pickup-and-delivery terminals throughout the United States and Canada. The company reported annual revenue of $4.68 billion in fiscal year 2005.

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $30 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brands. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 250,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.