to keep Lincoln operation intact
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[September 10, 2008]
The groundbreaking of a new
43-acre, 162-door FedEx facility in Effingham in May was cause for
local concern. Frank Hurst, vice president of division operations,
told Effingham officials that the new hub would service the St.
FedEx officials did not give an exact number as to how many
employees would eventually be working at the new hub. They also
would not say how many of those jobs would be filled by employees
transferred in from Logan County or other FedEx sites.
The Lincoln facility serves as a hub for Chicago to St. Louis.
FedEx has another facility in the proximity of Effingham also. The
Arcola center serves as the Indianapolis-to-St. Louis hub.
As big as the new facility is, rumors began swirling that FedEx
might pull out, or almost leave our community. A watch began for
announcements that would affect the local facility.
The Effingham plant is expected to be completed before
Thanksgiving, with an operations start date early in the next year.
Concerns escalated in recent months when word on the street said
that some management was being asked to transfer to the Effingham
Last week two FedEx media relations representatives had one
direct comment for Lincoln Daily News: "There are no current plans
to close the Lincoln facility."
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Joel Smiley, Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership
executive director, said that he had been in contact with FedEx
corporate in Tennessee in recent months. The vice president of
facility management told him that there would be some changes at the
Lincoln facility, but that would not come until the first quarter of
the new year.
Current communications from management to Smiley are that they
are still going to have a presence here and there would be no major
changes at the Lincoln facility.
Smiley said that when he spoke to the facility manager it was
pointed out that Lincoln is a hundred miles from Effingham and they
still need Lincoln.
Smiley said: "We're willing to do everything we can to protect
jobs in Logan County. We're willing to keep communications open, and
whatever we can do to retain jobs here in Lincoln, we will do that."
[By MIKE FAK; LDN staff]