Monday, July 9, 2012
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Fed Ex officials pull packages off a conveyor belt and load them into trucks in this photo supplied by Fed Ex. Monday, the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority voted to approve closing a deal that will lead to the construction of a new 61,000 square-foot distribution center in Albany.
ALBANY Fed Ex Ground is tripling its space at an Albany industrial center off Liberty Expressway.
The new distribution center will encompass 61,000 square feet of space on a nine-acre area in the Parkway Industrial Center adjacent to its current facility, officials said during a meeting of the Payroll Development Authority Monday morning.
The PDA voted to sell the land to a developer for $131,000 who then would, in turn, build the distribution center with the intent being to lease it to Fed Ex Ground.
PDA and Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said that Fed Ex’s decision to expand was positive message for Albany and Dougherty County.
“It’s exciting to see a company like Fed Ex Ground not only retain its business here but to expand it,” Sinyard told his fellow board members. “It says a lot about the company’s commitment to its customers and it says a lot about this community as a whole that it wants to be here and make this kind of investment.”
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, who also sits on the PDA and who made the motion that the board accept the terms of the closing document, said Monday that the arrangement was encouraging and she’s hopeful that the expansion will bring some jobs with it.
“It means that, not only are we working to maintain our businesses that we have, that businesses are willing to grow here,” Hubbard said. “Although we don’t know exactly what the impact on jobs created will be right now, I’m hopeful that they will put some additional people to work which is one of our top priorities in the city right now.”