UPS plumps supply chain operations with new US and UK facilities

Photos via TPA, Aerial Innovations, Middlesex/AECOM

UPS has invested in new facilities in the UK and US to support its logistics supply chain operations.

The logistics company will lease a new 40,000 sq ft cargo building currently being built at Tampa International Airport in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority-owned building will be a purpose-built sorting facility for next day air package deliveries for the west coast of Florida.

When completed, it will have the capacity to sort up to 7,500 packages per hour.

The UPS complex is being built by design-build team Middlesex/AECOM.

Construction spans about 18 acres on the Airport’s east side, and includes building an aircraft parking apron and expanding the taxi lane that will be shared with the FedEx building next door.

UPS currently uses an air cargo building north of the main terminal, but this space is being repurposed for the future Airside D passenger terminal, scheduled to start construction next year.


UPS Telford facility

UPS Telford facility. Photo: UPS

In the UK, the logistics company has opened a new £2.5m package sorting and delivery facility in Telford.

The facility, opened on March 31, is more than 6,500 sq m, and has a sortation capacity of up to 5,000 packages per hour.

Businesses in sectors such as manufacturing, advanced engineering and automotive are expected to benefit from the facility.

“Our new location in Telford represents more than an investment in UPS and our capabilities – it’s an investment in our customers and in the resilience of our business,” said Rick Fletcher, managing director, UPS UK, Ireland & Nordics. “We’re pleased to be a trusted name for small and medium-sized businesses in the area, and this is the latest step in adapting our network to best serve their needs.”

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