FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding division of US logistics and parcel delivery company FedEx Corp, has officially broken ground at the site of its future headquarters, the company announced today.
The Riverview Solar Technology Park in Tonawanda, New York, will be the state's first ever solar ready business complex, and FedEx's residence there is intended to contribute towards the firm's EarthSmart environmental sustainability programme. Accordingly, the complex will generate clean power through low-cost solar and hydro-energy. It is also recognized as a New York State Shovel-Ready Certified Site, and is known as a “low-impact green business park,” limiting the unnecessary removal of trees for the convenience of construction.
Fred Schardt, president & CEO, FedEx Trade Networks commented, "Our involvement with the Riverview Solar Technology Park illustrates our commitment to our customers, and the local community, to seek out innovative processes to streamline our operations and reduce our carbon footprint. We’re proud to be part of New York’s first commercial solar project development and we look forward to doing environmentally sound business in the Town of Tonawanda and Western New York region for years to come.”
The new, bespoke site will bring together multiple locations and business functions and will comprise 55,000 square feet of warehouse space and 33 square feet of office space across two floors. The site is strategically situated: just 10 miles from the Canadian border and with quick access to both highways and rail.
“Moving into Buffalo-Niagara’s first Building Integrated Photovoltaic (solar energy) business park demonstrates the fact that FedEx Trade Networks does indeed embrace the benefits of doing business in a manner that lessens its impact on the surrounding environment,” said Matthew Montante, chief operating officer for TM Montante. “We hope this move will serve as an example for other industry-leading companies to strongly consider the advantages of establishing offices in similar clean power office parks.”