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Partnership to Create Big Distribution Hub

March 9th, 2016


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March 9, 2016

Partnership to Create Big Distribution Hub

Alex Brown

FORT WAYNE -

Connecticut-based XPO Logistics (NYSE: XPO) is partnering with Michigan-based Trinity Health to establish a $26 million regional distribution center in Fort Wayne. The development will create up to 75 jobs by 2018.

XPO Logistics will manage and operate the facility, which will serve as the regional distribution hub for medical and surgical supplies for Trinity Healths hospitals. Construction is expected to begin this spring and completed within a year.

"Supporting our Lean/Kanban approach to supply chain management, this facility will represent the single entry point for all manufacturers and suppliers serving our 21-state health system," said Lou Fierens, senior vice president of supply chain and fixed asset management for Trinity Health. "Along with additional strategically located satellite warehouses, it will help us better serve the individuals and communities that rely on us for high-value services."

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered XPO Logistics up to $750,000 in conditional, performance-based tax credits. The company will not be eligible to claim the tax credits until Hoosiers are hired. Allen County has approved additional incentives as well.

"We received outstanding support from Fort Wayne and Allen County in the development of this project," said Ashfaque Chowdhury, president of supply chain for the Americas and Asia-Pacific at XPO Logistics. "Fort Wayne provides important benefits in terms of an attractive business climate, quality workforce, strategic location and access to transportation infrastructure. We’re pleased to join with Trinity Health to bring these investments and jobs to the state of Indiana."

XPO Logistics already employs over 1,500 workers at 19 facilities across Indiana. The company expects to hire hourly and salaried positions at the new Fort Wayne facility. Click here to learn more.

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