UPS has opened a 90,400 sq ft package sorting and delivery facility in Southampton, nearly doubling the capacity of the two facilities in Southampton and Eastleigh that it replaces.
The new facility has the capacity to sort 7,500 packages per hour, and will employ 180 staff, accommodating up to 150 delivery trucks.
George Willis, managing director for UK, Ireland & Nordics said: “UPS’s investment in the Southampton facility is reflective of the strength of our growing logistics network in the UK.
“It also demonstrates our long-term commitment to helping customers of all sizes connect to markets all over the world, while boosting local jobs and the local economy.”
The opening of the facility was attended by local MP Alan Whitehead.
It marks the start of a partnership between UPS, Southampton City Council and Brockenhurst College to provide a bespoke vocational course to assist those currently out of work into gaining employment in UPS’s operations.
Whitehead said: “It’s great that companies like UPS continue to invest in Southampton, providing training and creating new opportunities for local people.”