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UPS making big expansion in Alamance, Guilford counties

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UPS, the giant Atlanta-based delivery company, is adding 592 jobs in Alamance and Guilford county sites with plans for a $316 million investment over the next four years. It includes the record investment by a business entering Alamance County, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland says.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the nature of global supply chains, and today’s news is early evidence that North Carolina is positioned well for the future,” Copeland said in a release. “UPS is an iconic name in logistics and their expansion will impact the state’s economy and business community in a number of very positive ways.”

UPS now has 2,461 workers in North Carolina, including a large center in Greensboro. The company will expand that hub with the addition of 141 new jobs and add a package car center at the N.C. Commerce Center in Graham, creating 451 jobs there. New positions at both facilities offers wages averaging $65,147 per year. Wages in Alamance and Guilford counties average $41,611 and $49,002, respectively.

The UPS site in Greensboro is already among the company’s five largest sorting and distribution sites, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brent Christensen has said.

North Carolina is providing a Job Development Investment Grant of up to $10.2 million over 12 years, hinged on UPS meeting its job and investment targets. Anoteher $1.1 million is provided for infrastructure upgrades.

In recent months, the Graham and Mebane city councils and Alamance Board of County Commissioners approved a joint incentive package of $4.4 million for the new UPS hub in Alamance, near Interstate 40/85 and adjacent to a Walmart distribution center.

While mulling the new Alamance investment, UPS made clear its support for relocating a Confederate statute in Graham. Efforts to move the monument have been unsuccessful.

Founded in 1907, UPS delivers 5.5 billion packages and documents annually across the world. The company employs a workforce of 528,000.

 

 

 

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