Year-to-date as of October 2016
Global logistics leader UPS announced they are building a state-of-the-art sorting and distribution hub in south Atlanta near Charlie-Brown Airport. The high-tech facility represents a more than $400 million economic investment by UPS in the area and will create 1,250 new positions accessible to nearby residents across a wide range of skill levels.
The news was officially announced at a press conference on Thursday, November 10. In attendance were Invest Atlanta President and CEO Eloisa Klementich, Mayor Kasim Reed, Governor Nathan Deal, Fulton County Chairman John Eaves, several members of the Atlanta City Council, and UPS CEO David Abney.
“We are excited that UPS has decided to expand its operations in the City of Atlanta with this major distribution center,” said Dr. Eloisa Klementich. “This new facility represents a significant economic investment in the southside of Atlanta that will provide residents access to new jobs across a spectrum of skill levels. Invest Atlanta looks forward to working with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and UPS to build a pipeline of qualified professionals for these positions.”
The hub will be the third largest UPS sorting facility in the U.S., covering 1.2 million square feet. Using the latest sorting, processing, and data capture technology, UPS will move 100,000 packages per hour through the facility along 15 miles of conveyor belts. (If laid end to end, the conveyor belts would nearly stretch from Invest Atlanta’s downtown office to the new UPS facility…and back!)
UPS chose Atlanta as the site of its new facility for several reasons. The Fortune 500 company already has a sizable footprint in Georgia, with more than 14,000 employees in the state and its company headquarters located in metro Atlanta. Atlanta’s strengths as an international logistics hub also played a part. Located within two truckload delivery days of eighty percent of the U.S. population, the city is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as well as two Tier 1 rail lines, CSX and Norfolk Southern.
“I am very pleased to see that UPS, a Fortune 500 company and mainstay in Atlanta for many years, will plant deeper roots in our city with this new hub of operations,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This investment in southwest Atlanta will not only create 1,250 new jobs, it also strengthens our position as an international hub for logistics supported by the world’s busiest passenger airport and the many global companies who call Atlanta home.”
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