Operations begin at expanded UPS hub

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Shipping giant UPS Inc. has started
operating the first phase of a long-awaited $1 billion expansion at
its main global air hub, boosting its package-handling capability.

Automated package-sorting operations got under way this week in
a new extension of the sprawling building at the Worldport air hub, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Meanwhile, UPS' airplanes pulled up to a new wing to be reloaded with cargo for their next trip.

The new operations come at a time when customers are shipping fewer packages due to the recession.

"While the economy may be slow right now, we are planning for many years down the road," UPS spokesman Mike Mangeot told the Louisville newspaper. "We are building in capacity ... for when the economy rebounds."

Even though UPS is moving fewer packages, adding capacity at Worldport saves money, said Mark Scherrens, Worldport expansion program manager. That's because the facility can move a large number of packages more quickly than the company's smaller hubs.

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