FedEx Ground distribution hub in Troutdale, Ore. (Photo: Business Wire)The new 447,000 square-foot operation sits on 77 acres of land and is the first development in the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park which was an aluminum reduction site for nearly 60 years. Earlier this year, the company was awarded an Oregon Brownfield Award for the work done in transforming the former brownfield site. The third annual award was sponsored by Business Oregon and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The package processing hub features advanced material-handling technology that moves packages at 540 feet per minute along nearly 15 miles of conveyor belts, processing up to 22,500 packages per hour. With projected future expansion, the facility will be able to process 60,000 packages per hour at full capacity. “Enhancing our distribution capability in the Pacific Northwest is an important step in our ongoing efforts to increase the size, speed and efficiency of our network,” said John Hiltz. “This new facility will help us meet the growing demand of local shippers, improve service on packages coming into the area for final delivery and serve as one of just two gateways for shipments destined to Canada.” Currently about 750 employees, independent contractors and their drivers are working out of the new hub. About 100 of those people have been added since the hub began operating in August. Eventually, the workforce is expected to exceed 1,000 people.