FedEx Ground will build a 214,000-square foot distribution center in Grayslake, Illinois, initially employing 200 workers and ultimately employing 500 people. The facility would be the fifth major site for FedEx in the Chicago area.
"Enhancing our distribution capability in the Midwest is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase the size, speed and efficiency of our network," said James T. Primm, vice president of the Central Region for FedEx Ground. "This new facility will enable us to meet the growing demand of local shippers and transport shipments across the country."
The facility will be able to dispatch up to 130 vans per day to make area deliveries. It is expected to open by the end of 2011. FedEx daily package volume has increased by more than 50 percent from 2.1 million packages in 2003 to more than 3.3 million today.
The Village of Grayslake, Lake County, the local school district, and the fire protection district helped bring the project to Grayslake.