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FEDEX GROUND OPENS HOME DELIVERY TERMINAL HERE

FedEx Ground, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., opened new home delivery terminals in 85 cities Tuesday, including a location in Cheektowaga.

The 15,000-square-foot warehouse at 790 Aero Drive is part of the delivery company's new network of terminals dedicated to residential, small package service. The leased facility employs 10 workers.

FedEx opened its first 67 home delivery depots last March as part of a two-step plan to locate approximately 150 of the specialized sorting terminals around the U.S.

In addition to the Cheektowaga terminal, FedEx debuted home delivery depots in Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany and Newburgh on Tuesday. With 152 terminals now up and running, FedEx is able to reach 70 percent of U.S. zip codes to make residential deliveries.

The home delivery site is one of three local projects FedEx has on its agenda for the Buffalo area. The company is currently building a $4.5 million distribution center at the Walden Commerce Exchange, a business park west of Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

When complete, the nearly 60,000-square-foot warehouse will employ 133 workers, up 37 positions from the company's current roster at its main Cayuga Drive distribution center.

FedEx is also taking steps to boost the job count at Tower Group International, the Buffalo-based, international shipping business it acquired in 2000. The customs brokerage business is set to begin a $15 million expansion at its processing center on Cooper Avenue in Tonawanda which will add as many as 200 new jobs to Tower's local work force.

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