FedEx Ground recently opened a new facility in Ooltewah that has created 200 jobs in the community. (Photo: Staff)

FedEx Ground recently opened a new facility in east Hamilton County, where employees will be responsible for moving thousands of packages on a daily basis.

“This new facility is a culmination of [a] strong partnership between Chattanooga and FedEx, and the matching of new job opportunities … with a talented local workforce and the ongoing growth of FedEx Ground,” FedEx Midsouth District Managing Director Bob Newman said at the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 6.

The new facility, which began operating Aug. 11, was built to increase daily package volume and speed up the delivery pace. It will serve mainly as a transfer point between the Nashville metro area and the Atlanta metro area.

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The local delivery area for the site spans from as far north as Madisonville, Kentucky, as far south as Rome, Georgia, as far west as Memphis, and as far east as Blue Ridge, Georgia.

With its 40 loading doors and 15 unloading doors, the facility is able to process about 12,000 packages an hour with the help of its 200 employees.

FedEx Ground plans to open new positions at this facility as demand grows.

“As a growing company, we all need people from right here in the community to help us to continue that trend,” Newman said. “And as a service company, our standard of success depends on the strength and dedication of our people.”

The multimillion-dollar facility took four years to complete and is located at 5076 Summit Spring Way in Ooltewah.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. 

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