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June 24, 2017 8:15 AM, EDT
FedEx to Open Distribution Center in Ohio
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FedEx Corp. will open a new distribution center outside South Dayton, Ohio, in a couple of weeks, a company spokesman confirmed with Transport Topics on June 23.

FedEx Ground is scheduled to begin operations July 14 at the 240,000-square-foot distribution center in Miami Township, the spokesman said. The facility will join an existing station on Deer Run Road in Vandalia, “enabling us to continue to meet and exceed customer demands in the Dayton area,” he said.

The workforce will include about 100 employees, a majority of whom will be part-time package handlers. The company will add staff as necessary, he said.

The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers’ distribution centers and a strong community base for recruiting employees. The facility is part of a nationwide expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.

The enhancements have resulted in “accelerating ground service delivery by one day or more in more than two-thirds of the U.S.,” the spokesman said.

He added that since 2005, the company has opened 15 hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities.

The news is in alignment with what Chief Marketing Officer Rajesh Subramaniam shared during a June 20 earnings call, that FedEx will “continue to experience growth in demand for large, heavy-package delivery as a growing array of items are now being sold online.”