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updated: 9/19/2013 9:01 AM

FedEx Ground plans Rock Island distribution site

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Associated Press

ROCK ISLAND -- FedEx will open a new distribution facility in Rock Island in 2015.

The 189,000-square-foot operation is replacing a smaller facility in Moline.

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Allison Houser is a spokeswoman for FedEx Ground. She tells The Rock Island Argus that the new building will be part of the company's effort to expand its network across the country.

Preliminary construction work on the property has already begun.

The company says workers will be transferred from the Moline operation to the new facility in Rock Island. FedEx also plans to hire additional workers, but authorities haven't said how many.

FedEx Ground is a subsidiary of Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. The Quad City Times says the company chose the site in part because of its proximity to major highways.

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