SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials and UPS Supply Chain Solutions leadership on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the company’s $79 million state-of-the-art Velocity facility in Bullitt County. This project is creating 500 new distribution and logistics jobs.
“It takes serious trust and a belief in Kentucky’s resources and opportunities for a company to commit to locate here,” Beshear said during the ceremony. “UPS is a prime example of one of the largest companies in the world doing just that, trusting in the Commonwealth. UPS has a long history in the state, and I am excited to see them continue to grow and thrive here. I want to thank company leaders for their continued investment in Kentucky and the Bullitt County community and congratulate them on this major milestone.”
The UPS Supply Chain Solutions Velocity facility is a state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution center using intelligent automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to streamline fulfillment operations. Located in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Velocity is one of the industry’s largest and most technologically advanced distribution facilities.
“The Velocity facility is a modernized warehouse with a digital ecosystem that optimizes and orchestrates everything from order flow to labor management,” Kate Gutmann, UPS president of International, Healthcare and Supply Chain Solutions said. “With the help of our skilled and diverse team members, the facility can process over 350,000 units per day.”
The company says that capacity makes it one of the world’s most efficient package sorting facilities. Velocity has staffed the facility with the help of UPS’s Languages Across Logistics (LAL) program, which supports the recruiting, hiring, training, coaching, development, promotion, and retention of refugees and immigrants for the UPS Supply Chain Solutions workforce.
“With the support of LAL, community, and government partners, we have been able to fill needed roles in Louisville, Hebron, and Shepherdsville with diverse candidates,” according to Steve Gundlach, president of UPS Supply Chain Solutions Global Logistics and Distribution. “The multi-language technology streamlines training to allow new employees to get right to work, even if the supervisor speaks a completely different language.”
UPS is one of the world’s largest companies, with 500,000 employees and 2022 revenue of $100.3 billion.