Indiana Lands $26M Regional Distribution Center

XPO Logistics, a global provider of supply chain solutions, and Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health systems, will establish a state-of-the-art regional distribution center in Fort Wayne, IN creating up to 75 new jobs by 2018.

XPO Logistics will manage and operate the $26 million facility as Trinity Health’s contract logistics manager. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed within a year. The facility will serve as the regional distribution hub for medical and surgical supplies for Trinity Health hospitals.

The Fort Wayne logistics hub will provide easy and affordable access to the Great Lakes/Midwest region and beyond, according to Lou Fierens, senior vice president of supply chain and fixed asset management for Trinity Health.

“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 Fierens. “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.”

Headquartered in Greenwich, CT, XPO Logistics is a leading provider of freight transportation and logistics services with 89,000 employees worldwide, including more than 1,500 at 19 facilities in Indiana.

Regional Distribution Center“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.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered XPO Logistics up to $750,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until workers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Allen County has approved additional incentives.

“We were happy to be a part of making XPO’s decision to locate in Allen County a reality,” said Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner. “Their decision to come here represents the culmination of the county’s preparation in attracting a world class logistics service with their desire to add jobs and enhance the quality of life in the Allen County community.”

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