The city of Middletown is celebrating the grand opening of a new FedEx facility that's expected to bring in hundreds of new jobs.
The 900,000-square foot distribution hub is located on the site of the former Aetna office building, right off Industrial Park Road.
FedEx said they’ve already brought in more than 500 new employees to staff the facility and with the holiday season coming up, they’ll be adding more jobs.
Up to 45,000 packages whizz through the new campus every hour. The Pittsburgh-based shipping giant said they expect that number to climb.
"Well right now we’re handling about 130- to 150,000 a day in this operation. It will get up over probably closer to 250 thousand," explained Scott Burns, the regional vice president of Eastern Operations, FedEx Ground.
Local officials said the new facility will bring more opportunities for locals looking to work.
"They built the interior to approximately 60 percent capacity with room for growth. So over the next few years, they’re actually going to be adding hundreds of more permanent positions here," said Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.
Drew said his team fought off competition from Massachusetts and Rhode Island to bring the company to the site, betting tax abatements plus a location near the Interstate 91 corridor would give them a leg up.
"This is probably the largest economic development projects in multiple decades. This project is going to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and more than 1,000 jobs by the time it’s done," Drew said.
Drew said much of the $250 million construction cost of the facility went back into the region, and he hopes neighboring businesses with prosper.
"There’s going to be a large scale regional impact," he said.
The development is part of a national expansion for the company, which said that business has doubled in the last 10 years.