FedEx puts $50 million Miami expansion back on track
By Jaime Levy
After more than two years of tweaking its original expansion plans, FedEx is set to break ground on a $50 million, 189,000-square-foot mini-hub this spring.
"FedEx intends to proceed with a major expansion that had been deferred for several years," said Angela Gittens, director of Miami-Dade County's Aviation Department.
Memphis-based FedEx first proposed the sorting facility at Miami International Airport in March 1999. The project was delayed due to internal restructuring and slight modifications, said FedEx spokeswoman Pam Roberson.
Initially to handle international shipments, Ms. Roberson said the Miami hub now will focus on domestic mail.
Carlos Leonard, Beacon Council senior vice president, said FedEx's new facility would provide about 275 jobs over three to four years. The Beacon Council is the county's economic development agency.
"It's a great message and signal that Miami International Airport is ranking among the best airports for international freight," Mr. Leonard said.
Also on Tuesday, Beacon President and CEO Frank Nero announced other expansions during the council's economic forecast.
nAlienware, Kendall manufacturer of computer gaming systems and other high-tech items, has expanded to a 30,000-square-foot facility and 50 new jobs.
nCaterpillar, a manufacturer of construction equipment, has built a $4 million, 80,000-square-foot addition to its Miami Lakes site.
nColonial Press International, a printing firm, plans to expand by 10,000 square feet.
Also, Mr. Nero said, he expects seven more companies to either expand within or move here by Dec. 31, ultimately creating 245 direct jobs.