UPS_truck_-804051United Parcel Service plans to significantly increase its presence in Louisville, tripling the size of its local ground package sorting facility.

The UPS Centennial Ground Hub in Louisville will undergo a 580,000-square-foot expansion — a nearly $310 million investment expected to create 300 new full- and part-time jobs.

The Centennial Hub provides pickup and delivery operations for regional customers and services the nearby UPS WorldPort. UPS expects the upgrades and expansion at the facility to nearly double the number of packages processed there.

“UPS, a great corporate partner of the Commonwealth, understands strategic location as well as any company,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release accompanying Thursday’s announcement. “Its investment to expand in Kentucky represents a great amount of data, research and confidence in our state as a premier location for business. While the company’s air presence in Louisville gets considerable attention, this major project for the UPS Centennial Ground Hub underscores the important and pivotal role ground operations also play in package delivery.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has preliminarily approved UPS for $1.75 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, allowing the company to recoup sales and use tax on construction costs and related expenditures.

Construction is slated to start in 2016 and take approximately three years. Job recruitment for the expanded operation will begin in 2017.

“This hub upgrade enhances UPS’s transportation and logistics capabilities and represents a continued commitment to our customers,” Lou Rivieccio, president of UPS’s Ohio Valley District., said in a press release. “UPS has worked with Kentucky economic development officials to be a catalyst for business growth in the area and to link with our air operations as a gateway for global trade, and we are grateful to the Commonwealth for their support of this expansion.”

The Louisville expansion is one of several hub-modernization projects Atlanta-based UPS is planning.

Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley

Sarah Kelley has spent the past 15 years in journalism, pursuing a wide range of stories — from covering federal courts in Washington, D.C., including the trials of 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui and former vice presidential Chief of Staff Scooter Libby, to investigating prosecutorial misconduct in capital cases in Nashville, Tenn. In 2008, Sarah returned to her native Louisville to work for LEO Weekly, where she served as editor until 2013. Email Sarah at [email protected]


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