New UPS hub to connect Calgary to the world

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UPS on Monday, Feb. 22, announced the official opening of its new distribution center at the Calgary International Airport (YYC), a state-of-the-art hub to provide businesses with direct access to the U.S. and international markets. UPS says the facility, built at a cost of $30 million, will be central to the continued growth of Alberta’s economy, allowing local businesses to tap into global growth markets such as China, India and Mexico.

“Despite the recent recession, Calgary’s economy still stands as a growth engine for Canada with many businesses in the area looking to take advantage of emerging markets overseas,” says Mike Tierney, president of UPS Canada, who was joined by UPS International President Dan Brutto for the official opening. “The rise of middle classes in China and India offers great potential to businesses in the Calgary area. And this new facility will provide our customers with access to those markets in a more convenient and reliable fashion than ever before.”

The 150,000-square-foot distribution facility has been under construction since June 2008 and will allow UPS to double its package processing capability. The hub houses 157 trucks for ground transportation to surrounding communities in addition to serving as a staging point for aircraft. UPS says the new hub will sort and distribute both air and ground packages and is a direct response to a surge in its business.