SAUGET, Ill. (KMOX) - Governor Pat Quinn donned a hard hat, grabbed a shovel and helped turn over some dirt Tuesday morning in Sauget.
The ceremony was held on the future site of a new 181,000 square foot FedEx Ground distribution center, expected to open by late summer 2014 with more than 100 full- and part-time workers with plans to add more in down the line.
“Illinois is one of the best places to do business in the world,” according to Governor Quinn. “Great companies like FedEx Ground, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s best places to work, are growing in our state. Their expansion will help our state’s economy continue to recover from the worst Recession since the Great Depression.”
FexEd Ground regional vice president Scott Burns called the construction of the new center the right move at the right time.
“Our home delivery and e-commerce market are growing at twenty-five percent,” Burns told the crowd. “I can tell you from what’s happened over the past year the St. Louis market is growing faster than that, and that’s why we’re putting a new location down here.”
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is administering the state’s business investment package for FexEd Ground.
The company will be eligible for tax credits based on job creation, which could total $459,000 over the coming decade.
The tax credits are based on performance and the company is not eligible to receive them unless it meets its commitment to create new jobs and invest in the community.
But Governor Quinn is already anticipating a major success for the FedEx, for Sauget and for the state of Illinois.
“We’re so grateful to FedEx for their investment in Sauget, in the Metro East, and creating jobs,” Quinn said. “The best way to help the most people is a J-O-B. It’s the best way to fight poverty, it’s the best way to fight crime, and it’s the best way to keep our state moving forward.”