Montgomery celebrates $52 million FedEx center expansion

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A new Fedex shipping center being built in Hope Hull neighborhood of Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
A new Fedex shipping center being built in Hope Hull neighborhood of Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Construction has begun on the $52 million expansion of Montgomery’s FedEx Ground distribution and logistics center. Local leaders gathered at the site on Wednesday to celebrate the company’s investment in the region.

“FedEx’s continued investment in Montgomery showcases our essential role in global logistics and solutions for major industries. We look forward to building on this long-standing partnership and creating new opportunities for growth, development and prosperity,” Mayor Steven Reed said in a news release.

Members of the Montgomery County Commission and the Montgomery Chamber agreed that the expansion is a signal of Montgomery’s growing reputation as a “logistics hub of the Southeast.”

Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Singleton speaks during a press conference announcing a new Fedex shipping center being built in Hope Hull neighborhood of Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Singleton speaks during a press conference announcing a new Fedex shipping center being built in Hope Hull neighborhood of Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

"One of the big initiatives is to bring in brand new industry, but it is also huge for us to be able to keep one,” Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Singleton said. “Not only keep it, but sustain it and add to it so that it brings stability to our community, stability to jobs and quality of life to all our residents."

The center is on track to open in 2023 and employ around 150 workers. FedEx estimates that the new facility will have the capacity to handle over twice the package volume of the existing facility.

Down the street from where the current facility is located, the new, 250,000-square-foot building will stand on 46 acres inside the Montgomery Water and Sewer Boards’ Interstate Industrial Park.

Hadley Hitson covers the rural South for the Montgomery Advertiser and Report for America. She can be reached at hhitson@gannett.com.

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