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UPS to develop $260m logistics hub in Indiana, US

LBR Staff Writer Published 14 June 2017

Package delivery firm UPS will invest around $260m to build a new logistics hub in Plainfield, Indiana, US.

The company will construct a 893,000ft² package processing facility on 91-acre plot west of Indianapolis.

UPS’ new logistics hub is expected to create around 575 new full-time jobs over the next five years in the Indianapolis area.

The company is planning to open a portion of the facility for trailer processing in this fall, in time for the holiday season.

Expected to be operational in late 2019, the new facility will feature advanced package scanning and sortation equipment, which will help in improving speed and processing accuracy.

In late April, the company launched new UPS Saturday ground delivery and pickup service, due to the increasing demand for retail fulfillment and residential delivery.

UPS Ohio Valley District president Kevin Church said: “Central Indiana is a logistics gateway for efficient transportation networks that enhance UPS reliability and service.

“Support from local and state leaders lets us be nimble to apply new technologies and equipment together with our people for flexibility to manage growth from e-commerce, healthcare and manufacturing.”

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said: “Our state’s top-ranked infrastructure network has been key to growing our economy—especially in the manufacturing and logistics sector.”

In June, the company also announced an investment of around $180m to build a new package processing facility in Goodyear, Arizona.

Expected to generate around 1,500 jobs in the region, Goodyear facility will include around 970,000ft² of advanced operational technologies and sortation equipment.

Image: UPS’ new facility will include advanced package scanning and sortation equipment. Photo: courtesy of United Parcel Service of America, Inc.