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UPS to expand in Canada

UPS to expand in Canada
With unprecedented volume fueled by the rise of e-commerce and the growth of Canadian businesses, UPS plans to invest more than $500 million towards facility expansions and technological enhancements in Canada, adding more than 1,000 new jobs. 

Construction of a $125-million, 180,000 sq. ft. expansion to the company's Montreal hub, which will be UPS's first automated sorting facility in Canada, has already begun.  

Additional facility-based projects include expansions in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of Ontario as well as Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

"UPS is the kind of company we want in Canada, one that invests in its people and creates better opportunities for hard working folks to get ahead. I am thrilled they will expand their Canadian operations, invest in our economy, and create so many good, well-paying middle class jobs for Canadians," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As the first market in the company's international expansion in 1975, UPS's Canadian operations have grown to include more than 12,000 employees, 1,100 UPS Access Point locations and 63 facilities covering more than 2.3 million sq. ft.

"UPS Canada is capitalizing on customer growth and solid operating leverage," stated UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David Abney. "Strong returns coupled with continued customer demand create an optimal time for this investment that we expect to even further contribute to Canada's vibrant economy."

UPS Canada has set a goal to have 50 percent of its fleet running on alternative fuels by the end of 2018.  

The company has also launched a fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles in British Columbia, a first for UPS in Canada.

"UPS is committed to investing in the infrastructure, workforce and technology that will help Canadian businesses grow and enable Canadian consumers to acquire their goods efficiently and sustainably," stated Christoph Atz, president, UPS Canada.

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