FedEx Ground opened a $100 million sorting and distribution hub in North Carolina Wednesday that will speed package deliveries in the Southeast.
The Kernersville facility can process 15,000 packages per hour and is staffed by more than 700 full-time and part-time employees and contractors.
The new facility is part of a nationwide expansion by the fast-growing ground package unit of $39.3 billion FedEx. Last month FedEx Ground opened its fifth distribution center in the Chicago area. Since 2002, FedEx Ground has opened 11 major hubs and opened or relocated more than 500 local terminals.
The network expansion has helped FedEx Ground cut transit times by a day or more in about half the U.S., the company said. More than 60 percent of its packages are delivered in two days or less, and 80 percent within three days.
FedEx Ground provides a growing share of the profit enjoyed by FedEx. In the last quarter, the division accounted for 55 percent of FedEx’s operating profit. The carrier handles an average of 3.7 million packages a day, more than double the 1.75 million packages it handled per day in 2002.