~ Creating 200 Plus Jobs ~
Dothan, AL — Officials from the State of Alabama, Houston County, City of Dothan and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce – Grow Dothan announced today that a new $57 million FedEx logistics facility will be built in Dothan, Houston County. The 317,000 square-foot FedEx Ground facility will stand on a 70-acre site off of Sam Houston Boulevard located in the Sam Houston Industrial Park.
Construction on the facility is expected to begin in December 2021, with completion scheduled for fourth quarter 2022. The new facility will further strengthen Dothan’s distribution efforts and enhance the area’s continued growth to support the existing and new business developments of the region. The facility will add 200 plus jobs to the area.
Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama Department of Transportation, Wiregrass Legislative delegation, Houston County Commission, City of Dothan, Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan, and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce – Grow Dothan have been in close collaboration on what the Chamber is calling one of the largest economic development projects in the Dothan area this year.
In a joint statement, City of Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba and Houston County Chairman Mark Culver said, “The City of Dothan and Houston County are honored to support our state and local allies and the company to bring this project to our area. This project provides further evidence that our region’s logistical attributes make us a prime option for companies looking to grow their distribution footprint in the southeastern United States.”
The Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce – Grow Dothan arm of the community’s economic development team, worked with company officials and their development team to coordinate the support and facilitated the work with the State of Alabama, Houston County, City of Dothan, and Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan to develop this project.
Over the past year, the team of the Alabama Department of Commerce and Alabama Department of Transportation have worked closely with the Wiregrass delegation, Houston County, City of Dothan, Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan, and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce – Grow Dothan to support the project, to complete required infrastructure support needs with upgrading Sam Houston Boulevard and completing other necessary items regarding the project.
“This project required extraordinary communication due to the multitude of requirements the project needed,” said Houston County Chairman Mark Culver. “I am continually encouraged by the tremendous cooperation I see between our city, state, local Industrial Development Board and the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, especially when they are rallying behind new jobs for the area.”
The site is currently owned by the Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan and they have worked diligently with preparing the area for this opportunity. Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba said the high level of cooperation on the FedEx Ground project shows that state, city and county collaboration in the Dothan region are more willing than ever to work together on economic development projects.
“This project is an excellent example of area cooperation as we worked with all the state, city and county entities to bring about this distribution project in the Dothan area. I also want to thank Gov. Kay Ivey, her economic team at the Alabama Department of Commerce and Alabama Department of Transportation, and our Wiregrass delegation. With strong emphasis in the state’s marketing efforts and business development plan, Secretary Greg Canfield and his team strengthened the business development incentives in order to strengthen Alabama’s position to make the state the place to grow and develop this sector of our economy to grow and adapt in the E-Commerce world,” Saliba said.
With 200 plus jobs and $57 million in capital investment, this project is a tremendous boost for 2021, a year marked by transitioning and overcoming the COVID-19 challenges in moving the area forward and strengthening the region as a key distribution center in serving the tri-state area.
Matt Parker, President