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Possible effects on one FedEx contractor

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In the multibillion dollar world of overnight package deliveries, Mike Overstreet knows his Billings-based company, Corporate Air, is at the "tail end of the dog" as a small FedEx contractor serving rural areas of the Rockies and Midwest.  Overstreet worries his business and customers in ten states could go down as collateral damage.

Overstreet's loyalties are clear. He says Corporate Air "bleeds purple" -- FedEx's brand color -- as a contractor delivering FedEx packages to 23 cities on 290 flights a week.

If Congress sides with UPS, Overstreet warns he could get pinched out of business. He said the result would be rural medical clinics, farmers and others in remote areas losing a key provider of the goods they need to operate.  "They (FedEx) will have to reconsider going by air," Overstreet said. "The farmer or rancher who needs that part to fix his tractor is not going to get it. They will be delayed by another day."

FedEx spokesman Maury Lane said the impact could be widespread.  He said rural contractors are heavily relied on by the company in all or part of at least 19 states -- North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Arkansas, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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