FedEx Opens New Screening Facility
(Memphis) In an effort to make sure employees are safe and secure, FedEx has opened a brand new screening facility at its expanding hub off Democrat.
The new building took about 15 months to complete, but the company isn’t saying how much it shelled out for the huge project.
The building is a check-in point for employees to make sure they aren’t bringing banned items to work.
“On behalf of FedEX, let me officially open the facility,” said ,FedEx Operations Vice President John Dunavant proudly as he cut the ribbon.
He started working at Fed Ex 32 years ago, “ I was an hourly employee going to college, it was a small facility and it has grown 100 fold.”
So much so, the city’s largest employer outgrew it.
About 7,500 FedEx employees will come through the new 30,000 square foot building a day.
For years, they were bussed in from the employee parking lot.
Now, they can cross into the building on 290 foot sky bridge.
“It’s not only easier for them to get to work, but it also improves their travel time by about 5 minutes,” Said Dunavant.
But a more efficient way for workers to start the day isn’t the only thing Dunavant and other FedEx executives are boasting.
The building is also environmentally friendly.
“We are an airline. We use a lot of jet fuel which is not 100 percent eco-friendly. To offset that, we make our facilities, our vehicles as environmentally friendly as possible.” Said project manager, Julie Ellis.
Dunavant calls the new screening facility an investment in employees.
With many families dependent on FedEx and the company’s growth, he says it’s ultimately an investment in the city.