UPS to build new Atlanta sorting hub

United Parcel service (UPS) is to invest over $400 million building a new regional package sorting hub outside Atlanta, Georgia. This will be the third largest parcel processing facility in UPS’s US estate.

The construction of the regional package sorting hub will begin before the end of this month on a 341 acre industrial site in Fulton County. There will be support in the construction from the economic development teams of Georgia, Atlanta and Fulton County. It is hoped that the new sorting facility will be fully operational by the end of 2018 and it will employ 1250 people locally, working on a number of sorting shifts.

“UPS has proudly made its global headquarters in Atlanta for more than two decades,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO. “This strategic capital investment will feature state-of-the-art technology. When combined with the strong transportation connections and talented labour pool that Atlanta provides, UPS is building flexibility to meet the growing needs of our customers and our business in Georgia, and around the world.”

This new sorting hub will use UPS latest sorting, processing and data capture technology. It handle more than 100,000 packages per hour that will be carried on over 15 miles of conveyors and will use highly automated processing equipment.

In addition to sorting and processing, the hub will include a delivery vehicle centre capable of dispatching more than 280 trucks for area delivery and pickup, and a UPS customer centre for retail service. The facility will also operate onsite compressed natural gas fueling for delivery vehicles and large tractor-trailer rigs to service the local UPS alternative fuel vehicles fleet.
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