With local Wilson County dignitaries and officials gathered, mega shipping giant FedEx Ground held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at their location at 100 FedEx Way.
"A year ago we were standing in this same area when Under Armour opened," Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said after the ceremony, that included a tour of the 310,000-square-foot facility that processes 15,000 package per hour. "Mt. Juliet and Wilson County are really blessed. We know this is one of 560 such ground stations nationwide with a total team of 90,000."
The facility was opened in May with approximately 330 employees.
FedEx spokesperson Allie Addoms said the local delivery areas are Mt. Juliet, Hermitage, East Nashville, Lebanon, Old Hickory and Antioch.
Both Hutto and Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty spoke briefly before the tour, as well as FedEx Ground President and CEO, Henry Maier.
"Today is a big deal for us," he said. "Investing in this new facility means that we will be able to continue to deliver the world class service our customers have come to expect from FedEx Ground throughout Nashville, Central Tennessee and beyond."
FedEx officials said this state-of-the-art facility exhibits FedEx Ground's commitment to technological innovation that drives their superior accelerated service. They said FedEx Ground is faster to more overall locations, including more residential locations, than its primary competer.
FedEx package volumes have doubled in the last decade and they've opened 11 new hubs and have relocated more than 500 facilities to support the growth. In April they opened a 200,000-square-foot facility in Knoxville.
The Mt. Juliet Hub is fully automated.
Hutto was enthused.
"There will be 330 more people eating and playing here, and it's always so important nationally-known companies are in our city and county."
He said FedEx and other big companies choose Wilson County because of the location and proximity to logistic customers.
"Also, Mt. Juliet and Wilson County are full of hard-working and determined citizens who provide a great resource," he added.
He also noted the county's budget abatement program was a big draw.
"FedEx is on the cutting edge of technology," he said.
He hinted there could be a future partnership between the shipping giant and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. He could not expound on this yet.
"It's a good project to look forward to in the future," he said.
Hagerty was also thrilled with the presence of FedEx.
"It's very exciting FedEx chose Mt. Juliet," he said. "Now they are ready to get down to business. A lot of people will be employed. This is another good company to round us out to live, work, shop and worship in our community. FedEx fits our community. It's a flagship brand."
Overall, FedEx Ground transports approximately 7.5 million packages daily with reported annual revenue of $1.3 billion in fiscal year 2015.