July 28--OCALA -- A ribbon cutting will take place Thursday, Aug. 4, to signal the long-awaited grand opening of the FedEx Ground hub in Ocala.
The 400,000-square foot facility is located north of U.S. 27 and east of Interstate 75. Creating it involved a public-private partnership with FedEx, Marion County and the city of Ocala.
The hub will be one of the largest in the FedEx network and is part of a nationwide expansion. The facility will initially process about 15,000 packages per hour, which is expected to grow over time to 45,000 a hour.
Recent job fairs drew hundreds of applicants. In a previous Star-Banner story, Jason Robinson, senior manager for FedEx Ground in Ocala, said the venue will employ 350 people at the beginning stages, with more positions to be added.
Nicole Stout, a FedEx field human resources generalist, said in that article that employment in Ocala is expected to reach 1,000 "in the long haul."
The ceremony next week is by invitation only.
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