FedEx moves into new loading facilities

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Federal Express’s local sorting and loading division, which has been operating out of temporary facilities at 1585 Aviation Way, will move to just north of the old Colorado Springs Airport terminal, at 1245 Aviation Way, next week.

The new custom-made buildings will total more than 30,000 square feet. According to the builder, Pikes Peak Aviation, total construction costs will exceed $650,000.

The air freight carrier, in business since 1973 and headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., has built the new location, according to a FedEx representative, in response to increased growth in the Colorado Springs metro area.

For the first 11 months of 1996, Federal Express enplaned and deplaned 21.4 million pounds of cargo, compared to 17.4 million pounds during the same period in 1995, according to the Colorado Springs Airport. This constituted a 23% increase.

The new facility will include 14,500 square feet of ramp and parking space, and a 10,000-square-foot warehouse to be used for freight loading and sorting. An additional 6,000 square feet will be used for office space.

Workers at the current temporary facility are glad to be moving, according to a source who declined to be identified, because of the frigid temperatures in the transitory quarters.

FedEx runs the world’s largest fleet of air cargo delivery planes, according to the <I>Hoover’s Handbook of American Business.</I> FedEx posted revenues of $9.4 billion in 1995.

The company plans to step up their jet service in Colorado Springs, adding one 727 jet to the two currently in operation.

When the new facility opens FedEx expects to add workers within the year, employing 50 at the new facility.