By the 2020 holidays, United Parcel Service expects to have a new $50 million South Jacksonville, Fla., package distribution center up and running. The center plans to hire 87 workers.
Called Project Danville in City Council legislation adopted in January, the UPS center comprises $5 million for real estate improvements and $45 million for machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, which includes a state-of-the-art conveyor system.
The UPS parcel shipping ground hub will be in a building that formerly housed Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and is owned by Dubow/Shad Road Limited Partnership. Material Handling Systems Inc. is the contractor for the almost $30.7 million installation of conveyors.
UPS Media Relations Manager Kim Krebs at Atlanta headquarters said the facility is scheduled for completion late next year. The legislation shows that UPS proposes to hire 87 employees at an average annual salary of $57,540 by year-end 2022.
A St. Johns Water Management District permit application calls for a parking expansion to 340 spaces and truck parking for UPS on the 18-acre site.
The location would serve the company’s customer base in the Southeast U.S. UPS also is expanding its hub operation at Westside Industrial Park in West Jacksonville.