UPS hub to create up to 150 jobs during first year
By Marilyn Bowden
United Parcel Service's $30 million Americas International Hub Facility near Miami International Airport will create 100-150 new jobs within a year, said Robert Elizondo, senior vice president of the firm's Latin America & Caribbean Americas region.
The new package processing center, which broke ground this week, will abut an existing Challenge Air Cargo building. United Parcel's acquisition of Challenge became final in late August.
"The new facility will accommodate our international operations and also our sister South Florida district package operations and will add 100-150 warehouse-type jobs to the existing 700 or 800 at the Challenge building," Mr. Elizondo said.
Also, with the acquisition of Challenge, United Parcel will transfer about 150 pilots from Louisville and other areas to Miami, which will add revenue in the area, he said.
The combined facilities will total 205,954 square feet on 19.7 acres, he said. Construction of the building is expected to be complete at the end of next year.
Tower Group is general contractor.
The complex whose 43 conveyor units will be able to sort 7,500 packages an hour will contain the parcel service's UPS Early AM operations. Mr. Elizondo said US Customs officers will be on site to expedite package clearance.
According to company literature, United Parcel, whose Latin America & Caribbean division has been headquartered in Miami Lakes since 1989, operates 199 daily intra-Americas flight segments. Fifteen jet aircraft serve the region; three feeder aircraft will be kept at the new complex.
The statistics show United Parcel's freight volume has increased nearly 15% from a year ago.
Mr. Elizondo said overall volume to Latin America is projected to increase another 10% to 15% during the next year.