UPS opens “Super Hub” in Indiana


UPS has announced the opening of its new 893,000 sq ft package sortation and distribution centre in Plainfield, Indiana. The highly automated operation expands UPS’s capacity to meet the growing package volumes in the Ohio Valley region, creating 575 new full and part-time jobs by 2023.

The Indianapolis-area facility initially started processing packages in 2017 during the busy holiday season while construction of the new “super hub” was still underway.

“Our business is growing in Indiana and the surrounding states. The new regional super hub in Plainfield sorts packages faster and more accurately by bringing together highly automated operations, advanced technology, and dedicated employees. Our customers can have confidence that they will continue to receive the reliability and performance that they have come to expect from UPS,” said Joe Boyle, President of UPS’s Ohio Valley District.

Indiana is home to biotechnology, life sciences and health care sectors, areas of strategic growth for UPS. As demands grow for more patient control and convenience, it will be increasingly important for care providers and logisticians to have supply chains that deliver pharmaceuticals, devices and supplies to medical facilities and patients when and where they need them.

The operations technology integrated into the new regional super hub also helps power the UPS Ground on Saturday delivery and pickup services.

UPS claims that “Super hubs” like the new Indianapolis area regional hub have a higher package processing capacity, increasing the speed and flexibility of packages moving through UPS’s global logistics network. Similar facilities have been opening in Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Salt Lake City, Utah as part of a multi-year strategic capital investment plan. Throughout 2019 the company will be adding more than 350,000 pieces per hour of additional sortation capacity in the United States before the holiday season.

Indiana’s roads connect the state to 82m people within a 500-mile radius of the state’s borders. Its international transportation network includes 10 airports and three maritime ports, which are each Foreign Trade Zones. UPS employs more than 9,800 people across Indiana in package delivery operations, air operations, ground freight, healthcare logistics and contract logistics.

Source: UPS