FedEx Ground has entered into an agreement with the city of Temple to build a 250,000 square foot distribution center.
Temple is rising to become one of the best for supply chain operations due to accessibility and convenience, said the Temple Economic Development Corporation. The city also provides no personal, state, or corporate income tax for large corporations.
“We are pleased to announce FedEx’s decision to locate in Temple,” said Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. “Temple offers quality access to key North American markets and has a strong workforce to support e-commerce growth. FedEx’s distribution center will benefit our local community through jobs and deliveries, while the facility will also serve broader markets conveniently accessible from Central Texas.”
The new distribution center will be the latest to join other logistics companies located at the crossroads of I-35 and the planned I-14, according to the Temple Economic Development Corporation. The new facility will be located at the Temple Industrial Park between NW H.K. Dodgen Loop and Trino Road.
Located directly off I-35 makes Temple an ideal location for FedEx to serve its Central Texas customers.
"They're looking for a location that is going to central to a number of different markets. Temple is in the middle of sorts, between Dallas and San Antonio, Austin and Waco,” said Nicole Katsikides, Research Scientist with Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
The I-35 corridor is a major corridor for the state of Texas. It moves a significant amount of freight already as it is, in the state of Texas. They're responsible for 50% of the entire nation's freight flow.”
The new facility will also bring new jobs to the Temple area.
"FedEx Ground will tap into Temple’s skilled workforce of over 6,500 logistics and distribution employees," said the Temple Economic Development Corporation. "The project is planned for completion by the end of 2022."
Local jobs available will be shared closer to the FedEx Ground facility opening, though the number of jobs is not yet clear.