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FedEx Ground expands local hub

September 06, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

FedEx Ground is expanding its shipping hub on Newgate Boulevard in Hagerstown, a move that is expected to add 250 jobs, Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Timothy R. Troxell said Friday.

The company, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., is building a 120,000-square-foot addition onto the existing 360,000-square-foot building that opened in 2005.

The $25 million project is expected to add 250 jobs to the shipping hub's current work force of about 600 people, Troxell said.

Construction on the addition has begun, and work should be finished by September 2009, Troxell said.

Equipped with the most advanced package-sorting technology, including high-speed conveyors and camera-based scan tunnels to maximize package sorting rates, the hub will be able to process 37,500 packages per hour compared with 22,500 packages per hour now, an EDC release says.

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"The expansion of the Hagerstown hub is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance service and meet customer demand by increasing the size, speed and reliability of our network," Hagerstown FedEx Ground Senior Manager Steve Collins said in a statement. "It's also a testament to the warm reception we've received from the community since opening and the quality of the area's work force."

"It's exciting to see one of our valued members of the local business community growing and expanding," Troxell said.

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