Wednesday, October 29, 2008

FedEx to ship Benicia operation to Fairfield

FedEx to ship Benicia operation to Fairfield
By Ben Antonius | Daily Republic | October 27, 2008

FedEx plans to open a hub in this 330,000-square-foot warehouse on Fermi Drive in Fairfield. Photo by Brad Zweerink

FAIRFIELD - Shipping giant FedEx plans to open a hub in Fairfield, city officials announced.

The move means Fairfield once again has a tenant for what has been one of Solano County's largest vacant industrial properties, a 330,000-square-foot warehouse in the Cordelia area.

'It is good to see we have got a good user in there with good, quality jobs,' said Curt Johnston, assistant director of Fairfield's department of Economic Development.

The move will involve FedEx Ground Package Systems relocating its current warehouse in Benicia to an existing facility on Fermi Drive in Fairfield. The Fermi Drive building is about triple the size of the Benicia facility, and the move comes as FedEx Ground conducts a nationwide expansion in anticipation of growth in its daily shipping volume.

The massive, high-ceiling warehouse is on the east side of Pascal Court and almost directly north of the Rodriguez High School football field. The property has been vacant since glass container producer Saint-Gobain moved to an even larger property on the east side of Fairfield, Johnston said.

Officials with FedEx and real estate broker Cushman & Wakefield could not be reached for comment Monday.

It is not yet clear precisely how many people the operation will employ, nor whether it will involve any new hires beyond those who already work at the Benicia facility, Johnston said.

FedEx Ground has a 10-year lease for the property and plans to open its facility in spring 2009. Before it occupies the site, FedEx intends to build additional office space on the site and to increase the number of loading doors, city officials said.

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