UPS Doubles KS Footprint with $220M Investment

The firm will add 200,000 square feet to its Lenexa, Kan., facility. A second facility in Edgerton, Kan., will add another 197,000 square feet by this fall.
The UPS facility in Lenexa, Kan.
The UPS facility in Lenexa, Kan.

UPS announced that construction is underway at its Lenexa, Kan., shipping hub. Nearly 200,000 square feet will be added, enhancing the processing capacity by 45 percent. When completed in 2020, the new facility will total about 430,000 square feet. The company’s second facility located 25 miles south in the Edgerton community will add another 197,000 square feet this fall in time for processing packages during the holiday season. The two projects represent a $220 million investment in the state and are expected to add 100 jobs over the next five years.

Located at 14650 Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa, UPS’s facility is just a few minutes from the junction between Interstates 45 and 435, and approximately 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, Mo. The expanded facility footprint includes advanced package scanning and sorting equipment as well as more trailer staging and employee parking. Located at 19400 Essex St., the Edgerton development will include a UPS Customer Center and will dispatch trucks for routes in the area. The Promoting Employment Across Kansas economic development program supports UPS’ investment. Incentives include tax credits, workforce recruiting and training assistance.

“Kansas is at the center of the reliable UPS network to keep packages rapidly moving in all directions across the country. New technologies will give our people training and opportunity to make processing accuracy a hallmark and expand what we offer businesses and consumers who are benefiting from e-commerce growth,” said UPS’s Central Plains District President Fern Shaw, in prepared remarks.

Recruiting for part-time operations will begin in July, with training at the Lenexa facility planned before workers transition to the Edgerton location. Currently, approximately 5,000 UPS employees in Kansas provide package delivery, ground freight, air gateway operations, freight forwarding, contract logistics and support services.

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