FedEx Ground expects to employ about 100 workers – most of them part-time — when it opens its $20 million facility in Miami Twp. next month.
The company expects about 30 workers from the Vandalia site to transfer to the FedEx Ground South Dayton Facility on Byers Road just west of the Interstate 75/I-675 interchange, where it plans to add jobs as production rises, according to David Westrick, company spokesman.
The company is taking applications for remaining positions and plans to open the distribution center July 14, according to Westrick.
Package handlers will consume most of the jobs when the 249,506 square foot facility on 32 acres opens about a mile north of the I-75/Austin Boulevard interchange, he said.
The distribution center was expected to have at least 195 workers at peak times, according to township records when the site was proposed last year. However, FedEx Ground did not determine definite figures until recently, Westrick said.
“We will continue to add to the workforce as necessary to support increased demand for service in the area,” according to Westrick.
At the site, FedEx Ground will contract with local independent businesses that employ their own personnel to provide package pickup and delivery services.
Developer Scannell Properties has agreed to pay Miami Twp. at least $80,000 annually over several years. The payments would increase $5,000 annually over a 10-year period with FedEx Ground having two five-year renewal options to remain at the 8650 Byers Road site, township records show.
“Miami Township is very excited that FedEx has made such a strong investment in our community,” according to township Trustee President Andrew Papanek. “We greatly appreciate their partnership with the township to continue to allow us to provide great jobs and opportunities for our residents and businesses.”
FedEx Ground’s decision to open the distribution center at the Byers Road site “demonstrates that businesses know Miami Township is a premier destination for investments that will benefit their business and our residents,” Trustee Eric Flasher stated.
The FedEx Ground plan calls for 845 parking spaces. Those numbers show 474 spaces for automobiles, 131 for long trailers, 125 for “HD vans” and 94 for 28-foot trailers, according to county documents.
More than 50 docking bays are on the south and east sides, records indicate.
Sound walls have been built on the property’s north, east and northwest sides, with a bike path on the north end, plans indicate.
The main entrance for the center is at the Byers/Belvo Road intersection with the south border of the property near the Benner Road intersection.
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