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Ground broken on FedEx terminal

October 29, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- FedEx officials on Tuesday broke ground on a 137-acre truck terminal on Md. 63 that company officials said will be one of FedEx's largest freight terminals when it is completed.

More than 60 people attended the groundbreaking for the terminal, which will include 284 bay doors and is expected to be opened by fall 2009, said Frank L. Hurst, vice president of division operations for the company's northern division.

FedEx officials said the terminal will replace an existing terminal near Hagerstown Regional Airport.

"Basically, we've outgrown our facility there," Hurst said.

The new terminal will offer four times the amount of office space and 130 more bay doors than the existing terminal on Industry Drive, Hurst said.

In addition, the new terminal, which will be adjacent to the I-70/I-81 Industrial Park, will give the company close access to both interstates.

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Hurst said the existing terminal brings in about 100 drivers every day from a 250-mile radius.

Although the new terminal will not immediately create any new jobs -- the 164 employees at the current terminal will simply move to the new facility -- it could expand in the future, Hurst said.

Still, county officials said the expansion was good news for the county.

"Anytime we see a local business expand four-fold, it's a great day here," said John F. Barr, president of the Washington County Commissioners.

Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Timothy R. Troxell said FedEx employs more than 1,000 people in the area.

The company operates FedEx Ground and Express facilities in Washington County.

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