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FedEx gains better access to highways

Dec 5, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

The company says the new distribution center on Airport Road is part of a nationwide network expansion effort.

FedEx Ground has moved its Riverton distribution center to a new facility on Airport Road as part of a nationwide network expansion effort.

The office used to be on Freedom Lane.

Allison Houser, a public relations representative from FedEx, said her company chose the new site, 4551 Airport Road, based on its access to major roadways, like U.S. Highway 26.

She said the Riverton location is close to other customer distribution centers in the area, and the local community has a strong workforce for recruiting employees.

"This new facility (will allow) us to continue to meet and exceed customer demands in the region," Houser said in an e-mail.

The steel facility, manufactured by the Metallic Building Company, is 48 feet wide and 118 feet long. It was provided and erected by Sehnert Systems, Inc., a Riverton-based contracting firm.

Jeremy Williams, computer-aided design systems manager for Sehnert, said the facility was designed to handle the mechanical, electrical and ceiling systems incorporated into the interior of the building for collateral loading by FedEx employees.

Framed openings allow for four 18-foot by 16-foot truck bays, one 12-foot by 16-foot truck bay and two 8-foot by 9-foot loading docks. Williams said the spaces can be closed by Raynor commercial sectional doors provided and installed by Freedom Garage Doors, a local company.

He said the facility also was engineered to withstand the "wind, snow and seismic loads encountered in the Riverton area." Several canopy projections protect entrance and loading areas, Williams said, and Sehnert provided a "Simple Saver" high R-value insulation system for the building's walls and roof.

The roof is made of 24-gauge steel sheeting, and the walls are 26-gauge steel sheeting with charcoal-gray, siliconized polyester coating as an exterior finish.

The facility was built with 19-foot eaves and an end-wall built to accommodate future expansion, Williams added.

National effort

Houser said FedEx Ground's nationwide expansion was initiated to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the company's network. Since 2005, FedEx Ground has opened 11 new hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and has expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities.

"The network enhancements have resulted in accelerated ground service delivery by one day or more in more than two-thirds of the United States," she said. "With these changes, FedEx Ground is faster to more overall locations, and FedEx Home Delivery is faster to more residential locations than the primary competitor."

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