UPS to invest $175 million in main hub in Columbus

UPS aircraft loading

UPS will invest more than $175 million to expand its main Columbus, Ohio ground package hub as part of a multi-year plan to modernise its global network operations and capacity.

The integrator says it will be completed in the autumn of 2018, and sorting capacity will double to process more than 63,000 packages per hour.

The 375,000 square-foot-addition and retrofit to the 5101 Trabue Road facility brings advanced technology and operations automation to respond to growing customer needs.

UPS Great Lakes District that includes mid-Ohio north through Michigan president, Derick Craft says: “Columbus has grown as a UPS transit point for commercial and residential e-commerce packages moving across the country.

“We appreciate support by the city and state to be part of plans that optimise the UPS network. Our people will continue reliable service as we maintain daily pick-up and delivery operations throughout construction.”

At least 75 new jobs are planned to join nearly 1,800 workers at UPS package facilities in Hilliard and Obetz as well as the airport gateway operations.

UPS employs more than 13,500 people across Ohio in package delivery, ground freight, aircraft operations, air and ocean freight forwarding and contract logistics.