UPS Worldport Expansion Project

Abstract

UPS Worldport Expansion Project

Overview

Eight years after opening the most technologically advanced air package sorting hub in the world, UPS has completed a dramatic $1 billion expansion of WorldportSM that has increased sorting capacity by 37 percent to 416,000 packages per hour. Demand for additional hub capacity has been driven by long-term growth needs in the company’s international express shipping business. 

The expansion plan for Worldport, the sophisticated mega hub at the heart of the company's global transportation network, has added two new aircraft load/unload "wings" to the hub and associated aircraft staging ramps. 

The two-phased expansion project was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and with recognized programs for safety, labor, and minority contracting. The facility will continue to feature the latest in technology and state-of-the-art equipment. This technology allows packages to virtually sort themselves over 155 miles of conveyor belts in an average time of just 13 minutes.

Facility Expansion Additional       Total
Size 1,200,000 SF 5,200,000 SF (footprint)
Sort capacity    46,000 PPH (Phase 1)
66,000 PPH (Phase 2)  
71,000 PPH (Phase3)*   
*not yet approved
350,000 PPH
416,000 PPH
487,000 PPH
Aircraft-to-building docks                           26   70
Number of conveyors 12,874 31,578
Miles of conveyors      51 155

UPS Worldport Facts and Figures

  • The expansion project is expected to cost just under $1 billion.
  • The phased project was completed in April 2010, with the first operational phase opening in July 2009.
  • The construction will increase Worldport’s footprint by 1.2 million square feet under roof to 5.2 million square feet or the equivalent of 90 football fields.
  • Additional employment opportunities throughout the commonwealth will generate an economic impact well beyond the $600 million anticipated in construction costs.
  • Continued support for the hugely successful Metropolitan College will play a major role in helping attract and maintain employees for the expanded hub. 
  • UPS's Supplier Diversity program has exceeded its commitment to award $48 million of the general construction contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses, awarding $113 million to MWBEs. 

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