Portage FedEx distribution center to create over 750 jobs

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new FedEx distribution center, known as Project Spartan, is coming to Portage, local officials told News 8, creating more than 750 jobs.

According to county documents, the project will redevelop a vacant property on Portage Road near Lansing Avenue and will be on 40 acres of land. It will cost an estimated $15 to $20 million.

The project brings an opportunity of both salary and hourly wages for employees. Also, the company could potentially hire 158 additional contracted employees.

Construction is expected to take a year and should be completed in the fall of 2020.

Officials say the project will qualify for brownfield grants because of phosphorus contaminating the groundwater. The county is providing a $1.5 million incentive to help clean up the contamination.

The project will be discussed at the Kalamazoo County Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. News 8 has a crew at the meeting and will have updates on the project Wednesday night.

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