UPS investing, building automated sortation hub in Montreal

by Inside Logistics Online Staff
UPS to invest $500 million in Canada and create more than 1,000 new jobs (CNW Group/UPS Canada Ltd.)

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – UPS plans to invest more than $500 million towards facility expansions and technological enhancements in Canada, adding more than 1,000 new jobs.

The investment in Canada is included in the company’s previously stated capital expenditures for 2018.

Construction of a $125-million, 180,000 sq. ft. expansion to the company’s Montreal hub, which will be UPS’s first automated sorting facility in Canada, has already begun.

Additional facility-based projects include expansions in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario as well as Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

“UPS is the kind of company we want in Canada, one that invests in its people and creates better opportunities for hard working folks to get ahead. I am thrilled they will expand their Canadian operations, invest in our economy, and create so many good, well-paying middle class jobs for Canadians,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the announcement in Toronto.

As the first market in the company’s international expansion in 1975, UPS’s Canadian operations have grown to include more than 12,000 employees, 1,100 UPS Access Point locations and 63 facilities covering more than 2.3 million sq. ft.

“UPS Canada is capitalizing on customer growth and solid operating leverage,” said UPS chairman and CEO, David Abney. “Strong returns coupled with continued customer demand create an optimal time for this investment that we expect to even further contribute to Canada’s vibrant economy.”

In addition to upgrading the UPS Canada network through facility expansions and improvements, UPS will maintain its focus on meeting environmental sustainability goals through the use of alternative fuels and technology designed to reduce distance and fuel consumption.

UPS Canada has set a goal to have 50 percent of its fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of 2018.  The company has also launched a fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles in British Columbia, a first for UPS in Canada.

“UPS is committed to investing in the infrastructure, workforce and technology that will help Canadian businesses grow and enable Canadian consumers to acquire their goods efficiently and sustainably,” said Christoph Atz, president, UPS Canada.