New FedEx Cold Chain Center will help save lives

New FedEx Cold Chain Center will help save lives
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A new FedEx facility will help save lives by keeping things cool. The new Cold Chain Center is making it easy to ship everything from flowers to blood and medication.

Tyler West, the son of a FedEx employee, is already a celebrity around the company. The St. Jude patient just had a FedEx plane named after him.

He's diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and Tuesday he was the guest of honor as FedEx unveiled the new cold storage facility.

"They helped me by letting me do cool stuff," West said.

The 83,000 square foot facility can store anything from flowers or consumables all the way to life saving medicines. The secret is in its temperature sensitive instruments that allow clients (and agencies like the Food and Drug Administration) to know that temperature requirements are being met.

That's good news for patients like Tyler.

"It means that your child is getting the medication--or the blood or whatever it is that they're shipping. It means getting that to them safely, and it's in good hands," said Michelle Smith, Tyler's mother.

"This is who you're doing this for at the end of the day. These companies that entrust us with their shipments, there's a patient at the other end of that. Maintaining the product integrity is extremely critical," said Richard Smith, FedEx Vice President of Global Trade Services.

The FedEx new facility has taken two years to build. It can keep products as cold as -40 degrees.

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