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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Jun. 13, 201805:10 AM EST

Christmas is 195 days away: UPS preparing for shipping season

The $11 million upgrade at Westlake “keeps packages moving” while company’s Westside hub is being expanded.

United Parcel Service continues to upgrade its Westlake Industrial Park center that serves its needs while its Westside Industrial Park hub is under redevelopment.

It’s a big project. So far, almost $9.37 million has been invested in upgrading the 400,000-square-foot leased Westlake warehouse, permit records show.

Projects totaling almost $1.7 million are in review, which means at least $11 million is being invested in the UPS center.

“Only 199 more days until Christmas,” said spokeswoman Kim Krebs in a recent email. It’s now just 195 days. 

“As you know, this UPS location helps keep packages moving while the Jacksonville hub expansion is under construction,” Krebs said.

The work is to prepare for the holiday shopping and shipping season, she said.

The city now is reviewing the permit applications that total almost $1.6 million to modify and add conveyor equipment at 12400 Presidents Court.

A $980,000 renovation will modify the building. Improvements include unloading doors, two drive-thru doors, a concrete dock, auto shop bays and air-conditioned offices and locker rooms.

The city also is reviewing a permit for the $600,950 installation of conveyor equipment.

Krebs said package processing at the Presidents Court location began late last year in time for the peak holiday shipping season.

UPS is leasing the former Samsung building for additional package-processing capacity while its hub expansion is under development.

The first improvements at the 400,000-square-foot building, built in 2007, included the addition and repair of docks and more work.

The full hub expansion at Westside Industrial Park should be completed in fall 2019.

UPS announced in November it will invest $196 million to expand its Jacksonville ground package hub. That came after City Council approved $4.3 million in taxpayer incentives for the project.

UPS will add more than 260,000 square feet to its building at 4420 Imeson Road in Westside Industrial Park and add advanced technology and operations automation.

Atlanta-based UPS said when the expansion is completed, the hub’s capacity will increase by one-third to more than 80,000 packages per hour.

The company filed plans with the city to expand its 532,000-square-foot regional package distribution center by almost 264,000 square feet, creating a nearly 800,000-square-foot center.

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