November 10, 2016 11:34 AM
In the midst of all of the post-election noise, it is great to hear some good news for Georgia. A press release and an in-depth article by the Atlanta Business Chronicle share the details of today’s announcement by Governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (bipartisanship can work) that UPS will invest over $400 million to create a 1.3 million square foot regional sorting and distribution hub in Atlanta by the close of 2018.
The creation of the hub will result in the addition of 1,250 new employees to the 14,000 Georgians already employed by UPS. The hub is to be located 10 miles west of downtown Atlanta at the 340 acre Majestic Logistics Center and will be the third largest hub that UPS operates in the United States (Louisville, KY and Chicago are larger).
Urvaksh Karkaria of the Atlanta Business Chronicle provides a very thorough article about the hub, including why the hub is being built. It is definitely worth a read.
“Georgia demonstrates an enduring commitment to industry leaders and job creators. With this investment, UPS will use Georgia’s location, transportation infrastructure and logistics sector to reach customers more quickly and more efficiently. UPS is already making a substantial economic impact in the Atlanta area and we look forward to the company’s continued success.”
“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. 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.”
David Abney, UPS chairman and CEO:
“UPS has proudly made its global headquarters in Atlanta for more than two decades. This strategic capital investment will feature state-of-the-art technology. When combined with the strong transportation connections and talented labor pool that Atlanta provides, UPS is building flexibility to meet the growing needs of our customers and our business in Georgia, and around the world.”