UPS announced construction is underway at its Lenexa, Kansas hub, to add 200,000 sq ft and more than 42% additional processing capacity. The facility will total about 430,000 sq ft when completed in 2020. A second facility about 25 miles south in the Edgerton community will add another 197,000 sq ft in time for processing packages during the busy holiday season.
“Kansas is at the centre of the reliable UPS network to keep packages rapidly moving in all directions across the country,” said Fern Shaw, president of UPS’s Central Plains District that includes Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas and portions of Illinois. “New technologies will give our people training and opportunity to make processing accuracy a hallmark and expand what we offer businesses and consumers who are benefiting from e-commerce growth.”
Edgerton will include a UPS Customer Center and will dispatch trucks for routes in the area. The location offers convenient access to nearby intermodal rail operations as an intermediate point in the UPS network to connect road and rail for long-distance UPS Ground package transit.
Advanced package scanning and sortation equipment in Lenexa will allow dynamic changes to route volume through the building and provide flexibility to adjust to different loading patterns prompted by weather conditions or volume surges. Delivery centres will continue to operate from the Lenexa facility throughout the phased construction for local pickup and delivery.
The expanded facility footprint includes more trailer staging and employee parking and will continue to provide fueling for both conventional and alternative fuel tractors and package delivery vehicles.