Governor Wolf Announces Groundbreaking of New FedEx Ground Mid-Atlantic Distribution Facility in Northampton County
August 05, 2016
Allentown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that FedEx Ground has broken ground on a distribution center in Allen Township, Northampton County. The new facility is expected to create 680 new full-time and part-time jobs, and is slated to open in late 2018.
“This project is a huge win for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf, while attending today’s groundbreaking in Northampton. “The FedEx Ground terminal will become the company’s largest warehouse and logistics hub among the 34 it operates nationwide. The fact that FedEx chose Pennsylvania over two other states to expand, is a testament not only to the commonwealth’s business-friendly atmosphere, but also our strong local workforce.”
FedEx Ground has purchased 253 acres in Allen Township, Northampton County, and will construct an 800,000-square-foot distribution center and related structures as part of a new Mid-Atlantic hub. FedEx Ground will invest more than $227.5 million in the project, and is projected to create 282 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and also anticipates creating 398 new, permanent part-time jobs. In addition, the company is expected to retain 1,652 existing employees statewide.
FedEx Ground received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $1,130,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $846,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $126,900 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.
Additionally, PennDOT awarded FedEx Ground $5 million from the Governor’s Infrastructure Fund to improve state-owned roadways impacted by the facility.
FedEx Ground is a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corporation. FedEx Corporation has more than 340,000 employees worldwide, and FedEx Ground has nearly 80,000 employees in the United States and Canada.
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