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FedEx plans $25 million New Haven distribution center

A $25 million project will put a FedEx state-of-the-art regional distribution center in New Haven.

The international shipping company is asking Allen County officials for a tax break on the project. Savings could total $1.5 million during a five-year period.

The vacant 40 acres at 11039 Lincoln Highway East is owned by Setzer Properties ZFWY LLC.

Setzer has agreed to invest about $12.5 million to construct a 178,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution center.

FedEx Ground Package System Inc., which has a long-term lease on the facility, plans to invest $12.5 million in new mechanical and electrical equipment.

FedEx plans to create 87 part-time jobs at the new distribution center. The most common position, package handler, will pay $11.31 an hour, according to a tax abatement filing. Plans call for 82 of those jobs.

The shipping giant already employs 34 full-time, four temporary and 69 part-time workers in New Haven. They will be moved into the new building when it is completed in September 2014. Construction is scheduled to begin May 1.

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