FedEx Corp. confirmed Thursday it’s building a major distribution center in Roseville, the latest example of the boom in the warehouse industry as e-commerce grows and consumers demand faster shipments.
After quietly working on the project for a year and a half, FedEx said the nearly 200,000-square-foot Roseville center will open in August. It is being built on Foothills Boulevard, near Hewlett-Packard Co.’s campus.
The center is expected to employ 170 full-time workers, with employment doubling during peak periods, Roseville city spokesman Brian Jacobson said.
FedEx chose the site because of “ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers’ distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees,” company spokeswoman Allison Houser said in an email.
In recent years, FedEx has been expanding its warehouse network to shrink delivery times. The Roseville center will be part of FedEx Ground, the company’s fast-growing ground delivery subsidiary.
FedEx isn’t alone in trying to speed customer deliveries by building more distribution centers. Notably, Amazon.com has been adding warehouses all over the country, including three California centers in Tracy, Patterson and San Bernardino and another on the way in the Inland Empire.
The FedEx Roseville warehouse has been in the planning stages since November 2012, when the company submitted a development application to the city. But Thursday’s statement was the first confirmation from the company.
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