UPS Invests For Growth With New Facility In Belgium

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    Nearly €4 million investment will support customer growth

    Today UPS (NYSE: UPS) announced that it is building a new package sorting and delivery facility in the city of Lummen, located in the province of Limburg, Belgium. The nearly €4 million project, due to be completed by early 2018, is part of UPS’s commitment announced in 2014 to invest $2 billion in its European infrastructure by 2019.

    “With Belgium in the top five of the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index, it was an easy decision to locate the facility here,” said Karl Haberkorn, country manager, UPS Belgium. “We are expanding capacity to serve the growing needs of our customers, partially thanks to the e-commerce boom. This investment will allow us to continue to reliably and efficiently connect our customers to destinations in Belgium, Europe and the world.”

    The opening of this new package centre is part of UPS’s plans to further improve the efficiency of its ground transport network in Europe. Once complete, the facility will have an operating area of 6,000 square meters, a sorting capacity of 5,000 packages per hour, and 84 parking positions for delivery vehicles.

    “The province of Limburg is a logistics frontrunner in Belgium, with its excellent transport links and convenient access to the Netherlands and Germany. UPS’s decision to invest here underlines the attractiveness of Limburg for the transportation and logistics sector,” said Hilde Vautmans, Member of the European Parliament. “It also shows the value of these sectors for growth and job creation in Limburg.”

    Lummen’s mayor, Luc Wouters, expressed his enthusiasm about the investment UPS is making: “Our accessibility and central location are an enormous asset. We are of course thrilled to welcome a leading company such as UPS in Lummen, especially because of the additional employment they will create.”

    The SALK (Strategic Actionplan for Limburg Working Group) also welcomes the new UPS investment: “The logistics sector supports close to 11,000 jobs and represents 5.4% of the total economic output of Limburg. This new package center is yet another opportunity to further stimulate economic growth and employment. This investment neatly fits in with the nearly €365 million the private sector has invested in our province over the past three years”, said Erik Gerits, member of the Executive Committee responsible for the economy in Limburg.

    UPS has been serving customers in Belgium for 30 years and has more than 1,200 employees at eight facilities, including UPS’s Europe Region headquarters in Brussels. There are more than 1,000 UPS Access Point/Kiala locations for customers across the country.