LOUISVILLE (May 26, 2016) – United Parcel Service will add more than 1 million s.f. to its existing Centennial Hub, which will allow an increase in sorting capacity to 85,000 packages per hour, The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting.
UPS also projected adding 300 jobs to staff the bigger facility.
UPS spokesman Mike Mangeot said the company “is pleased to be creating greater opportunities for our customers, adding jobs, and contributing to the economic growth of the Louisville Metro region.”
In zoning documents submitted to Metro Louisville, the company said they expect to enlarge the facility by 1,016,165 s.f., with 838,495 s.f. under roof – roughly comparable to 19.2 acres. The building facade will be similar to the color and appearance of the existing facility. Final building plans and architectural elevations will be submitted later before the company requests a building permit, according to the documents filed with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services.
The Centennial facility, which handles 2 million packages daily arriving by truck and air, has experienced a big increase in volume. Shipments from businesses to consumers has gone from 20 percent of the volume there to 45 percent. The construction is expected to begin later this year and finish in late 2018 or early 2019.
UPS, headquartered in Atlanta and ranked as the world’s largest package deliverer, has 354,000 employees in the U.S. with 22,000 full- and part-time workers at its Louisville operations