UPS completed the final expansion of a highly automated Nashville area sorting and distribution center than nearly doubles the facility’s capacity.
Completed on Sept. 26, the 447,000-square-foot facility acts as a transfer point for tractor-trailers traveling through the region and will provide pickup and delivery services to customers in Nashville and the surrounding area.
UPS said the newly enlarged facility is expected to create 300 jobs and another 1,000 seasonal positions for the holiday season. The company now employs 9,300 in the state of Tennessee.
“UPS is transforming our operations to provide innovative solutions that serve the changing needs of small, medium and large businesses,” Cher Porties, president of UPS’s Mid-South District, said in a statement. “Doubling our Whitescreek hub’s size and capacity, and powering it with UPS’s advanced technology help enable our customers to grow their business. We are excited to generate new jobs and further contribute to Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s rapid growth.”
UPS said that the expansion of the Nashville hub is part of a multi-year strategic investment in its global logistics network and that businesses and consumers throughout Tennessee will benefit from increased speed, efficiency and reliability.
The company said combining automated package transfer equipment with a data-driven scanning and sorting process will improve delivery accuracy throughout the region.
UPS said pairing this expansion with its new solutions, like the recent integration of UPS Access Points with online shopping checkout pages, will enable “companies of all sizes” to deliver products to costumers “when, where and how” they want.
Additionally, in August, the logistics and delivery company purchased a minority stake in driverless trucking solutions company, TuSimple, as the two work to integrate autonomous vehicles into the UPS delivery fleet.