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FedEx goes cold to help Mid-South economy

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FedEx already ships temperature-sensitive packages, but they have to lease space from the airport to do it. FedEx already ships temperature-sensitive packages, but they have to lease space from the airport to do it.
The facility will have storage areas as cold as 13 degrees below zero. The facility will have storage areas as cold as 13 degrees below zero.
When this place opens, FedEx says it will be able to keep up with a rapidly changing healthcare industry and its drugs and medical devices that must be shipped with specific instructions. When this place opens, FedEx says it will be able to keep up with a rapidly changing healthcare industry and its drugs and medical devices that must be shipped with specific instructions.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - FedEx is going cold. The shipping giant is breaking ground on a new temperature-controlled facility at its Memphis hub off of Democrat Road.

The facility will have storage areas as cold as 13 degrees below zero.

FedEx already ships temperature-sensitive packages, but they have to lease space from the airport to do it.

Company officials say the FedEx Express cold-chain center will enhance the company's ability to ship and handle "perishable commodities and healthcare products in a safer, even more precise temperature-controlled environment."

When this place opens, FedEx says it will be able to keep up with a rapidly changing healthcare industry and its drugs and medical devices that must be shipped with specific instructions.

"This industry, the one we're serving, the global health care industry, is over a trillion dollar industry and growing factor in [gross domestic product] everywhere," said FedEx Chief Operating Officer Michael Ducker. "Those supply chains are evolving at a very rapid pace, and we at FedEx are evolving right there beside them."

FedEx says its gain means good things for Memphis, too.

"This facility will also benefit the city of Memphis by attracting additional businesses from health care, biologistics, and other perishable sectors to the are, thus contributing to much-needed economic development and growth by enhancing value propositions for those companies in this area," said FedEx managing director Richard W. Smith.

The building opens in Fall 2014. FedEx says staffing logistics have not been finalized, but most positions will likely be absorbed by current personnel numbers.

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