The worst-kept secret in Kirkland Lake is now official.
FedEx is establishing a distribution centre on a six-acre site in the Archer Drive industrial park.
Meredith Miller, manager of FedEx Ground external communications, confirmed FedEx Ground has entered into a lease agreement for a 29,000-square-foot distribution centre in the northeastern Ontario gold mining community.
Construction of the building will be completed by November.
Dancor Construction will be erecting the small package sorting and distribution centre this summer. The Archer Drive property is owned by Dancor.
“The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, proximity to customers' distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees,” said Miller in an email.
“Exact staffing needs have yet to be determined. The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network.
“Since 2005, the company has opened 15 new hubs featuring advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
FedEx Ground is a package shipping company that is a subsidiary of the FedEx Corporation. It is headquartered in Moon Township, Penn., a suburb of Pittsburgh.
The sorting plant will be in close proximity to the Rosko Forestry Operations sawmill, Kirkland Lake’s future solar park, and near the future 60,000-square-foot home of Artisan Vehicle Systems battery-powered mining vehicle assembly plant and research centre.