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COMPETITION WATCH: FedEx Freight announces expansion plans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Freight is expanding capacity at two key regional facilities in the mid-Atlantic region; op...


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Freight is expanding capacity at two key regional facilities in the mid-Atlantic region; opening a new facility in Southern California; and moving forward with plans to construct a major consolidation center near Sacramento, Calif., by 2006, says the company.<br>
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“Expanding capacity in our larger facilities and opening new centers in strategic locations remain important business objectives as FedEx Freight continues its rapid growth across North America,” said Douglas G. Duncan, president and CEO of FedEx Freight. “These ongoing investments in our infrastructure are designed to meet increasing customer demand for our services.” <br>
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Enhancing the company’s breadth and depth of service throughout California is a new 52,000-sq. ft. center in Gardena with 92 service doors on a 13-acre site, more than double the size of the former 40-door center. Nearly 150 employees work at the new center. <br>
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The company also will expand its presence in the Northern California region as it moves forward with plans to construct a 152-door facility on a 51-acre site in West Sacramento. The new 115,000-sq. ft. center will replace the current 17-acre, 127-door complex. <br>
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More than 450 employees are assigned to the current Sacramento center. <br>
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FedEx Freight says both the new Gardena service center and the future West Sacramento complex will enable the company to build and coordinate the movement of more direct loads to other company facilities in the region and beyond.<br>
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Mid-Atlantic facilities undergoing expansion include the Youngstown, Ohio, center, which has increased in size from 102 to 154 doors – 52, 000-sq. ft. to 75,000-sq. ft.<br>
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The FedEx Freight consolidation center in Pocono Summit, Pa., near Wilkes-Barre, serves as a major I-80 connection point for freight bound to and from the New York City metropolitan area, New England and points west. Formerly equipped with 151 service doors, the facility now operates 196 doors with more than 77,000-sq. ft. of dock and office space on a 52-acre complex. In addition, a five-bay vehicle service garage with two fuel lanes is under construction and slated for completion this spring, says the company.<br>


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