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MEMPHIS: FedEx Corp. is to spend US$1 billion on modernizing and expanding its hub operation. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed by 2025.

FedEX MemphisThe project includes a new large sort facility and installation of state-of-the-art sort systems, construction of a bulk truck load building, and a new area to improve handling of the oversized shipments that have increased with the growth in e-commerce.

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam commented: “FedEx is known for delivering results across the globe, so we are incredibly grateful it calls Tennessee home and is doubling down here with this major investment.

“As the Memphis area’s largest employer, and a major economic driver across the state, this investment reflects FedEx’s continued commitment to Tennessee and will benefit current employees and the future workforce for years to come,” he added.

Of an estimated 30,000 FedEx employees in the Memphis area, the hub is supported by a workforce of 11,000 who operate 163 aircraft gates, process 47 percent of total FedEx volume and 69 percent of U.S. domestic volume each business day.

FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith noted: “Modernization and expansion of the Memphis hub will ensure that we continue to provide outstanding service to our customers around the world and make this an even better place to work for the thousands of team members here who keep our operations running every day and night.”

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