FedEx Breaks Ground On New FedEx Ground Facility
Earlier this month, the Federal
Aviation Administration completed a six-month review of a five-year
noise study of Greensboro, NC's Piedmont Triad International
Airport, giving the go-ahead for the establishment of a new
mid-Atlantic FedEx cargo hub.
The noise study, begun in early 2003, was completed last spring.
Airport officials, dozens of volunteers, residents, consultants,
and even opponents of the proposed hub worked together, coming up
with recommendations to deal with the noise.
FAA approval of the study, announced Tuesday at the November
meeting of the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority, paves the way for
application for matching federal funds to cover up to 95 percent of
the cost of implementing the study's proposals.
Noise compatibility procedures include adjustment of flight
patterns, buying and soundproofing houses close to the airport, and
establishment of an aircraft noise monitor system, the
By the summer of 2009, the $300 million hub should be fully
operational, with an estimated 126 daily FedEx flight operations
occurring between 10 pm and 4 am.
Close on the heels of the FAA approval was Friday's ground
breaking ceremony at a new FedEx Ground sort facility near the
airport. An investment of $100 million, the 400,000 square-foot
facility is to be built on a 125-acre tract in the Triad Business
Park, and slated to open in 2011.
Greensboro Economic Development Alliance chairman Chuck Cornelio
said, "The economic impact of a new FedEx Ground sort hub is
tremendous. FedEx is making another very substantial investment in
Guilford County because they see the opportunity our work force and
The Alliance estimates FedEx will directly employ close to 2,000
locally when both facilities are fully operational.