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Monday, December 17, 2007, 3:00 am

FexEx Ground to get new, bigger Windsor building

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    WINDSOR — Small-package courier FedEx Ground has wanted to expand its Sonoma County operations for five years, but it didn’t have the space.

    That will change in September 2008, when a $5 million, 65,000-square-foot distribution center just south of the Standard Structures engineered-lumber plant near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport is set to be finished.

    The 8.4-acre property is part of 100 acres the Caletti family, which owns Standard Structures, has owned at the southwest corner of Highway 101 and Shiloh Road.

    The FedEx Ground distribution facility has been in Windsor since 1993 and also serves portions of Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties. It currently occupies about 30,000 square feet in the Shiloh Oaks industrial park the Calettis created from unused portions of the 35-acre lumber factory.

    Pete Westhoff, senior manager of the Windsor FedEx Ground operation, said he’ll be glad to put his 30 vans and trucks plus the dozen at the FedEx Home Delivery facility in southwest Santa Rosa under a roof instead of parking them outside.

    “Volume has not grown because there has been a lid on it with the size of the facility,” he said about the Windsor location.

    The same is true with the Santa Rosa station. FedEx Ground, an operating company of the Memphis-based FedEx, had revenues of $6 billion last fiscal year and an 11 percent growth in the number of packages processed per day. FedEx Home Delivery, a venture launched in 2000 as part of FedEx Ground, continues to experience double-digit growth in packages handled per year.

    Recently, FedEx Ground opened a station in Ukiah and moved six routes there. While not yet allowing for greater throughput, the change has increased the number of packages leaving the Windsor facility because contract drivers don’t have to load all their packages in one vehicle anymore, according to Mr. Westhoff.

    FedEx Ground has nearly 50 employees plus about 35 contract drivers in Windsor. FedEx Home Delivery has a dozen drivers.

    General contractor Koch Construction of Santa Rosa broke ground last month on the FexEx facility, a Butler manufactured steel building to be located at 500 Caletti Road.

    The project developer is the San Luis Obispo-based Rottman Group, which has signed a 20-year lease with FedEx. Designers of the building are Del Starrett Architect of Santa Rosa and Michael Peachey of San Luis Obispo. Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers of Santa Rosa provided civil engineering.

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