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Commercial | UPS - CENTENNIAL HUB EXPANSION
UPS DELIVERS MORE THAN PACKAGES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE, LIKE ITS NEW FACILITY. BY CHRIS KELSCH
of the U.S. population
can be reached within a two-day
drive of the Centennial Hub.
n picking someone to oversee the
expansion of its Centennial Hub
packaging center in Louisville, Ky., it's
easy to see why UPS chose Jim Zimmer,
its in-house project engineer. "I think like
a UPS employee," Zimmer explains. "When
I'm working on the facility, I'm thinking
about how a UPS employee would use it."
Zimmer has considerable experience
working on construction projects for UPS.
He oversaw the $400 million UPS Worldport
expansion in 2006, among other projects.
The Centennial Hub expansion ranks right
up there with UPS's most ambitious.
Ultimately, it will triple the size of the
current package-sorting facility to 838,000
square feet, and nearly double its current
sorting capacity to 85,000 packages per
hour. In addition, the project will create a
mix of 300 full- and part-time jobs.
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To understand the significance of the
project, one has to appreciate its location.
One of the reasons Louisville remains such
a vital region to UPS is its proximity to just
about everyone in the contiguous United
States. It is a two-hour flight to 75 percent of
the U.S. population, and a four-hour flight
to 95 percent.
It is also a vital location for UPS's ground
service: Two-thirds of the population can
be reached within a two-day drive. It is no
small wonder that in addition to UPS, many
e-commerce companies such as Zappos
have set up distribution facilities nearby to
get their goods to UPS quickly and shipped
as soon as possible.
The Centennial Hub was originally
constructed in 2007, UPS's 100th-anniversary year. It provides pick-up and delivery
options for customers in Louisville and the
UPS - Centennial
* Project cost: $300 million
* Location: Louisville, Ky.
* Employees on-site at peak: 250
"When I'm working on e
facility, I'm inking about
how a UPS employee would
- Jim Zimmer, UPS project engineer
surrounding counties. With its proximity
to the UPS Worldport air hub at Louisville
International Airport, it also supports
end-of-runway express service by allowing
packages to be inserted into the Worldport
operations as late as 1:30 a.m. Because
e-commerce shipping has gone off the