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Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

Posted at 2:45pm

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Almost $20 million dollars in federal funding has been announced that will create two new programs locally including a FedEx cargo facility at Windsor airport and a new facility at the University of Windsor.

Announced this afternoon, $12.6 million dollars is being given to Windsor Airport from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to build a 35,000 square foot building at the airport.

The new facility will be leased to FedEx for cargo handling.

The airport will also constuct a 27,000 square foot building that will be leased to other cargo and logistics companies.

A third structure, a 10,000 square foot facility will accompany the two cargo buildings and will house researchers who will work with small to medium-sized enterprises to provide “real world” testing of new technologies in the logistics sector.

To get the project off the ground, the City of Windsor will contribute $2.4 million.

FedDev also announced up to $7.3 million in funding to establish the “Institute for Border Logistics and Security” at the University of Windsor.

The program, which will include a new facility at the University’s campus, is aimed to bring students and industry together to develop “new concepts in logistics and border security” with a goal of “prototyping, real-world testing, and commercializing to the global market”.

“Together with our partners at the University of Windsor and FedEx, our region is positioned to be a key and critical hub of logistics, international trade and border security,” remarked Mayor Eddie Francis.

The government says FedEx has entered into a long-term lease agreement with the airport and will be a “cornerstone tenant in the logistics and border security cluster at Windsor airport”.

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