SAUGET, Ill. (KSDK) - A FedEx ground distribution center will open in Sauget, creating 175 full-time and permanent part-time jobs for local workers, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced Tuesday.
FedEx Corporation will invest $23.5 million to build the distribution center.
Illinois' transportation network, infrastructures and workforce were key factors in the company's decision to build in Sauget.
The 181,000-square-foot distribution center is scheduled to open at Sauget Industrial Parkway in August 2014. The facility will process 10,000 packages an hour once it's fully operational. This center is part of FedEx Ground's nationwide expansion plan, which has added 11 major hubs and expanded or relocated 500 facilities across the U.S. since 2005.
FedEx Ground currently operates 16 facilities in Illinois. The facility will create 25 full-time and 150 part-time jobs.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will administer the state's business investment package for FedEx Ground. The company will be eligible for tax credits worth $459,000 over 10 years. FedEx will also be eligible for training grants to enhance the quality of its workforce.
FedEx Ground, which specializes in small-package ground shipping, employs approximately 50,000 people. Its operations are supported by about 9,000 independent businesses that pick up, deliver, and transport more than 5.6 million packages daily. The company generated $9.5 billion in revenue for fiscal year 2012.