FedEx Ground on Thursday announced plans for a $40.6 million facility on 46 acres along Lakeshore Parkway — mostly in Birmingham, partly in Bessemer — that once belonged to U.S. Steel.
The 400,000-square-foot-facility will be a neighbor to other major facilities built recently by Dollar General, Amazon and Carvana.
Construction on the FedEx facility is slated to begin about September 1 and be in operation by June.
City and county officials described the new center, which is expected to provide nearly 300 full- and part-time jobs, as among the biggest economic development announcements of the year. Birmingham Business Alliance helped coordinate the deal among corporate, city and county officials.
“This project is further evidence that our region’s logistical attributes make our area a prime option for companies looking to grow their distribution footprint in the Southeast,” said Jeff Traywick, BBA’s vice president for economic development.
“Adding more jobs, especially during this pandemic, is crucial for our local economy,” said Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens. “Collaboration is the key to success for all of our communities in the county and its great that we are beginning to see the results from our work.”