FedEx Ground officials joined local and state officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday, June 16, at its brand new location in Mt. Juliet, to celebrate the construction of its new automated distribution facility.
The new 310,000 square foot facility officially opened its doors for business in May 2016. It is located at 100 FedEx Way, conveniently close to I-40, off of the Beckwith Rd. interstate exit.
FedEx Ground CEO, Henry Maier, started off the ceremony with a speech discussing the reasons Mt. Juliet was chosen for the FedEx Ground operating hub.
“FedEx is giving job opportunities to the talented workers in the Mt. Juliet area.” Henry Maier said.
“It was the prime location for the giant package distributor, due to access to surrounding major highways such as Tennessee State Route 840, Highway 109, Hwy 70, and nearby interstate interchanges that lead to other major surrounding cities”, said the FedEx Ground CEO.
This fully automated station in Mt. Juliet was invested in order to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.
“We at FedEx deliver faster and more reliable service. The new location hub has a package processing rate is an average of 15,000 packages per hour and over 75 million per day company wide,” Maier added.
The Mt. Juliet distribution hub, one of 19 operating hubs, has a local delivery area of Lebanon, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Antioch, East Nashville, and Mt. Juliet of course.
Maier went on to say, “We also want to give back to the community and support the great organizations that are of the community. That’s FedEx is supporting the Rebuild Together program, an institution for lower-income homeowners to improve their homes. We are taking a group of employees to work on a women’s home in the Mt. Juliet area. There is no better way to show what FedEx is doing in the local community.”
Maier concluded his speech by thanking city officials and the City of Mt. Juliet, “Thank you for helping bring the fruition to the City of Mt. Juliet.”
Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Hinesley, commented following Maier’s opening speech, “Thank you FedEx for your commitment to our community”.
Chamber President Hinesley went on to say, “As a part of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, thank you for choosing our community to call home”.
Concluding the round of speeches was Wilson County Mayor, Randall Hutto, who spoke before the performing of the ribbon-cutting.
County Mayor, Hutto, jokingly opened his speech by lowering the microphone to his height level, “Lower this down a little bit for us smaller fellas”.
“It is an honor to be here with you today”, Hutto stated to the audience and FedEx officials.
Mayor Hutto went on to explain how there are many large manufactures right here in Wilson County that will help support the new hub and that Wilson County and the City of Mt. Juliet will do its part in supporting also.
He continued, “Special thanks to Mayor Hagerty with The City of Mt. Juliet, and his councilmen. Dennis Buchanan and Mt. Juliet City Manager, Kenny Martin, have been boots on ground with this project from day one, along with District Commissioner, Ray Justice, who have worked together to make this happen in the least amount of time to build it.
Hutto concluded by praising the new Wilson County FedEx hub officials, “Thank you for choosing Wilson County. We hope to support you and make you proud for choosing this location, thank you so much”.
FedEx and city officials gathered behind the FedEx labeled ribbon, with the iconic overly-large pair of scissors, and cut the ribbon in celebration of the new Mt. Juliet residing hub.