FedEx Ground opens fifth major Chicagoland distribution facility

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FedEx Ground has opened a new package sorting and delivery station that is the fifth major facility for the company in the Chicago area. The 214,000-square-foot facility is located on Route 83 (Ivanhoe Road) north of Peterson Road in Grayslake, Ill., and joins four others in serving the ground shipping needs of Chicagoland. The station dispatches up to 130 vans per day, and the work force now includes more than 200 full-time and part-time employees and could grow to almost 500 at full capacity.

The new FedEx Ground distribution center 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 10 new major hubs and/or relocated more than 500 local facilities.

“Enhancing our distribution capability in the Midwest is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase the size, speed and efficiency of our network,” says Bob Wilson, vice president of the Central Region for FedEx Ground. “This new facility will enable us to meet the growing demand of local shippers and transport shipments across the country.”

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 the various partners was coordinated by Lake County Partners, the local, independent economic development organization.