FedEx Express recently inaugurated the company’s new distribution center in Machelen, Belgium, a new facility that represents the latest in a series of major FedEx investments in Belgium over the last four years. The company, which has maintained its regional headquarters in Brussels since 1985, employs more than 800 team members in Belgium and has four other distribution centers in the country.
“FedEx has always recognized the importance of Belgium for its strategic place at the very heart of Europe,” says David Binks, senior vice president of operations for FedEx Europe. “The inauguration of this wonderful new facility is a strong testament to our trust and confidence in Belgium and the economic opportunities we hope to create here.”
Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters joined the FedEx event addressing internal and external stakeholders about the critical role the logistics and transportation industry plays to the overall well being of the Belgian economy. “This green and innovative distribution center will provide local Flemish and multinational companies alike with the opportunity to grow and expand their businesses by providing unfettered access to the global marketplace,” says Peeters.
Employing 150 team members in Machelen, the new facility is 5,020 square meters in total and has a 3,441-square-meter sorting area that can handle up to 9,500 packages a day. In the Machelen community specifically, the operation of the FedEx Express distribution center will make a positive contribution to the economic vitality of the city, says Machelen Mayor Jean-Pierre De Groef.
“Machelen has a strong and vibrant community, and we are delighted that FedEx Express has decided to make it home to a facility that is so important to its business in Belgium,” De Groef says. “We are convinced that in the coming years new investments such as this will follow and that the revival of the long-established industrial zone in Machelen will continue to develop.”