FedEx Ground to build new hub in Ohio

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FedEx Ground will build an $87 million, 127-acre site hub in Perrysburg Township, Ohio, as part of a multibillion dollar plan to nearly double average daily hub package volume capacity in North America.

The Perrysburg hub will replace FedEx’s existing Toledo operation. Once operational in 2009, FedEx Ground says it will be one of the largest contributors to the local Rossford City School’s annual budget through property tax payments.

The 400,000-square-foot facility will be built on Buck Road near the Interstate 75 interchange, and will feature the latest automated material handling technology designed to process 22,500 packages per hour initially, and 45,000 packages per hour when it eventually reaches full capacity after a projected expansion. The current work force of nearly 550 employees and independent contractors is projected to increase to more than 800.

FedEx also will build a staging area – or triples pad – on a 44-acre parcel in Rossford adjacent to the interchange of the Ohio Turnpike (Exit 64) and I-75. A parking lot will be constructed on a portion of that land and used to reconfigure tractor-trailers.

The Ohio Turnpike allows triples trailers, but they are barred from travel on other highways and roads in the state of Ohio. Drivers of FedEx Ground triples will use this staging area to unhook one of the trailers before driving to the hub about one mile away.