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UPS hub likely to open in 2021 in Lower Swatara Township, add 750 jobs

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 2/11/20

UPS is anticipating that its distribution facility on North Union Street in Lower Swatara Township will open in 2021.

Lower Swatara commissioners unanimously approved plans for the warehouse in …

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UPS hub likely to open in 2021 in Lower Swatara Township, add 750 jobs

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UPS is anticipating that its distribution facility on North Union Street in Lower Swatara Township will open in 2021.

Lower Swatara commissioners unanimously approved plans for the warehouse in November 2018.

Kim Krebs, UPS media relations manager, recently told the Press & Journal that the company has broken ground on construction.

“We anticipate the new hub opening in 2021, but project completion date is still being finalized. We are working with the Pennsylvania [Department of Transportation] on some road infrastructure items that will influence the project schedule,” Krebs said.

Lower Swatara Planning and Zoning Coordinator Ann Hursh on Jan. 22 said the UPS plan hasn’t been officially submitted and the company was still working on its plans for North Union Street and the pump station.

As part of its plans, UPS has said it would reconstruct North Union Street from the intersection of North Union and eastbound Route 283 up to the site entrance.

The approved plans call for a 775,033-square-foot distribution hub on a 192.19 acre tract. The facility would include 1,500 employee parking spaces.

Just off North Union Street would be a 3,467-square-foot retail center where people could drop off and collect packages.

On Jan. 29, UPS announced that it intended to commit about $1.4 billion in “significant facility enhancements” in its Pennsylvania sites in 2020. Krebs said this included the facility in Lower Swatara, which is being called the Northeast Regional Hub, along with sites in Carlisle, Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia.

The move by UPS is anticipated to create 1,700 new jobs. About 750 jobs will come to the Lower Swatara site alone. A press release from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said UPS will also retain 6,459 full-time jobs.

According to a UPS press release, this “super hub” in Lower Swatara would enhance the movement of products between markets including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The local hub is in addition to five regional super hubs in Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Worth, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis and two anticipated facilities in Tacoma, Washington, and Ontario, California.

According to Wolf’s office, UPS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development, including $2.7 million in job creation tax credits, $5.6 million in infrastructure and facilities improvement program funding, and $659,400 in grants for workforce training and development.

“With a foundation of longevity and rich history, UPS is a company that is still growing at a rapid rate, serving the needs of people in all corners of the commonwealth on a daily basis. Our investment in this global company will not only ensure that customers across Pennsylvania will continue to receive the service they expect, but also local communities will benefit from the combined creation and retention of thousands of good-paying, full-time jobs,” Wolf said in the release.