Officials: FedEx Ground plans center in Fort Dodge

FedEx Ground is considering the construction of a new package distribution center in Fort Dodge that would create up to 12 new jobs, according to local officials.

The center would be in the industrial park on the east side of town, according to Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. The 20,000-square-foot building, he said, would be located south of the post office at 3440 Maple Drive.

Plautz said Monday that the company is proposing to buy just over four acres of land from the Fort Dodge Betterment Foundation, which owns the industrial park.

”It shows our economic climate in Fort Dodge is strong,” Mayor Matt Bemrich said. ”People are looking at us differently because of the economic opportunities we have here.”

He added that the presence of the distribution center will provide better shipping options, which will help to bring more growth.

”That makes us more competitive,” he said.

In a written statement, company spokeswoman Allison Houser said ”FedEx Ground can confirm that it is in preliminary talks with the city of Fort Dodge for the potential building of a package distribution center. FedEx Ground continuously evaluates opportunities that can enhance our ability to serve our customers, but as a matter of policy, we don’t have further information on specific proposals under consideration.”

The company has not asked for any cash incentives from the city, according to Bemrich and Plautz.

Plautz added that the company will pay to extend water and sewer lines to the site.

The proposal will be reviewed today by the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission when it meets at 4 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The principal issue the commission will consider is the vacation of a portion of a street, which is in the form of a cul-de-sac, in front of the site of the proposed center.