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UPS to hire more than 1,500 for its new $275 million regional hub

United Parcel Service announced it is constructing a $275 million regional operations facility at 380 S. 6400 West in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant. (Photo: UPS)

(KUTV) -- United Parcel Service announced it is constructing a $275 million regional operations facility at 380 S. 6400 West in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Once complete, the facility on nearly 160 acres is said to be among the largest processing facilities in its global package network.

More than 1,500 permanent employees are to be hired at the regional hub. These employees are going to be at the helm of new technology and automation that increase the accuracy of data collection and processing of packages as they route through the a system of conveyors.

Two automated processing areas will focus on smaller-sized packages, typical of today’s e-commerce purchases, UPS said in a news release.

The new 840,000-square-foot facility is expected to process 69,000 packages per hour once completed in late 2018.

“This new regional hub is one of our strategic initiatives to continue to build the long-term future of UPS,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, in the news release. “Utah is the crossroads to serving the Western U.S., and the state-of-the-art automation technology being deployed will improve performance, increase capacity and create additional flexibility to handle the non-stop growth of e-commerce business in the region.”

UPS currently employs more than 3,500 workers across Utah. The company’s footprint includes 24 operating facilities and 46 The UPS Store® locations as independently-owned small businesses that are part of a franchise network, the news release stated.

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