UPS is to double capacity at Ontario International Airport with a new sorting facility and expanding an existing building to process e-commerce and retail packages.
The new building will process urgent, UPS Next Day Air packages and will feature automated sorting capabilities and the expanded facility will be retrofitted with automated sorting systems and will double its processing capacity. The expanded facility will process twice the amount of packages per hour and increase the building’s footprint by 15 per cent to 900,000 square feet.
UPS is expanding the facility to cope with demand in e-commerce and retail businesses. The expansion will provide 500 new jobs over five years including delivery drivers and package handlers, UPS will start hiring in 2018.
UPS president for West Region, George Willis says: “These investments in UPS’s air and ground network illustrate UPS’s commitment to customers in the Inland Empire and abroad, and are part of an ongoing, network-wide investment the company continues to make in hub expansion and automation.”
Both facilities will have automated sorting systems to move packages through the sort process capturing package data and routing volume to proper load positions. Six-sided decode tunnels will replace traditional scanning to capture package information while label applicators will place ‘smart labels’ on packages for local delivery.
The company finished constructing a 416,000 square foot air sorting facility in September 2015, which sites on 30 acres of land and includes staging for tractor-trailers and employee parking.