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Commercial | UPS - CENTENNIAL HUB EXPANSION
of the building, as an additional crew has contributed to a more
efficient buildout of that segment, working five days a week, 10
hours a day.
The Centennial Hub expansion represents UPS's commitment to
green technology, Zimmer says. The building is designed and built
with the option to be powered by solar panels should UPS elect to do
so. Further, the building will be connected to a CNG fueling station
that will supply gas to the facility.
To power the building, there will be two underground feeds from
a nearby substation, and there will be dual fiber feeds for connectivity and computer networking. "As far as power, networking and gas
are concerned," Zimmer notes, "this building is as bulletproof as you
can make it."
In addition to ensuring the building is well powered, there has
been a concerted effort to make sure UPS employees will have an
easier time working at their various positions. For example, the
building is being built "dock high," which means its entrances are
the same height as the trailer floors on UPS trucks. That means employees won't have to lift materials onto a trailer.
which is really a series of conveyor belts leading all the way to the
outbound vehicle area. The second is a small sort system with a
higher capacity that is able to put smaller packages in bags. The last
system is a slower-moving conveyor system for irregularly-shaped
parcels that also does some automated sorting.
The technology upgrades will also include six-sided decode
tunnels that capture package information from address labels. In
addition, label applicators that place "smart labels" on packages for
local delivery will provide UPS loaders with faster information about
a package's proper staging location in a UPS vehicle prior to transport. The idea is to improve accuracy and cut down on transit times.
'I'll say this, I have never worked as well with
subcontractors as I
have in Louisville.'
Technology for sorting
Zimmer says the building will really shine with its advanced, threepart sorting capabilities. The first is small package conveyance,
When the expansion is completed, its impact on Louisville and the
surrounding areas will be considerable. In addition to the 300 new
jobs, many e-commerce distribution centers within the region will
be able to make use of its enhanced capabilities.
The city of Louisville and UPS have a long-standing relationship,
one that Zimmer appreciates, especially when it comes to subcontractors in the region. "I'll say this, I have never worked as well with
subcontractors as I have in Louisville," Zimmer says. "I think they
understand what UPS has brought to the community, and when
they come to us with problems, they also come to us with solutions."
Zimmer's deep appreciation for the subs comes from successful
projects in Louisville as well as with Worldport. Further, Zimmer
says he has a deep appreciation for the city of Louisville and its cooperation on such projects.
"From a city perspective, Louisville's metro government and the
staff at the airport [where Worldport is located] have been very easy
to work with," Zimmer notes. "There is good synergy and they are always willing to help with permits or whatever is required, and they
turn things around quickly. It has been a great city for the company
to work in."
Material Handling Systems, Inc. Known throughout the industry
and recognized as the preferred integrator of intelligent material handling
systems, MHS provides comprehensive, best-in-class turnkey design, build
and development services for a complete range of custom-engineered
and designed handling systems for distribution, manufacturing, assembly,
and courier applications. Since 1999, the cornerstone of our success has
been an ever-evolving portfolio to larger, fully-automated hub and hub
expansion projects. MHS is a company of people dedicated to delivering
best-value services and solutions based on innovative science and technology applications. MHS also owns a vertically-integrated manufacturing
business, Santa Rosa Systems, Inc. (SRS).
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