From Lindale EDC
Lindale crossed a major milestone this week in a process that began six years ago. Lindale Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) has sold a 17.706 acre site in Lindale Industrial Park to Tyler FXG, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Jones Development of Kansas City, MO. Jones Development will construct a 163,000 sq ft distribution center on the site for Fed Ex Ground. Jones Development has contracted with General Contractor, MW Builders of Temple, Texas to construct the building. Construction is to begin immediately and will take little over a year to complete.
From a Fed Ex company statement: “FedEx Ground is building a new distribution center on Lindale Industrial Parkway in Lindale, Texas, that will be more than 163,000 square feet when it is completed in July 2014. The new facility will replace two existing facilities nearby, allowing us to continue to meet and exceed customer demands in the region. When the new facility opens, positions will transfer from the existing stations, and we will add to the workforce as necessary to support increased demand for service in the area. The site was chosen because of its ease of access to major highways, its proximity to customers’ distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees. The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost daily package volume capacity and further enhance the speed and service capabilities of the FedEx Ground network. Since 2005, the company has opened 11 new hubs featuring the most advanced material-handling systems and expanded or relocated more than 500 local facilities"
Realizing that Lindale needed acreage along I-20 to compete for industrial and manufacturing jobs/companies, LEDC purchased 120 acres of land at the southwest corner of Harvey Road (CR 433) in 2007 to develop as the Lindale Industrial Park. Basic infrastructure was completed in March 2012.
In August 2011, LEDC began negotiating with a real estate firm for a potential distribution center. On May 31, 2012, just two months after the ribbon cutting for the new industrial park, LEDC signed a purchase and sale agreement with a developer to construct the distribution center. On March 13, 2013, LEDC closed on the land sale to Tyler FXG, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Jones Development, of Kansas City, MO
LEDC Board Chairman, Barham Fulmer said, "We are particularly pleased with the announcement that our first occupant in our new Lindale Industrial Park is such a nationally recognized company as FedEx. This announcement is reflective of a great deal of cooperation and hard work by John Clary, the LEDC Board, and the City Council and staff. It demonstrates how much we can accomplish as a team. We look forward to many similar announcements in the future fueled by the great cooperative spirit in Lindale."
According to LEDC President, John Clary, "it is unusual for a new industrial park to land its first tenant this quickly, but the industrial park is in a great location, has excellent I-20 access and shows well. It won't be long before another company comes calling." He also noted how supportive the LEDC Board and Lindale City Council has been in working through the many details involved and how good Jones Development is to work with.