UPS expands two Houston-area buildings
UPS announced expansion projects for two Houston-area distribution centers. UPS’s Mykawa and Conroe facilities will increase delivery capabilities to address anticipated customer needs connected with peak holiday shipping demand. “Demand for UPS services in the Houston-area continues to increase,” said Craig Wiltz, president of the Red River District which is comprised of Texas and Oklahoma. “Expanding the distribution capabilities of these buildings is one way that we are continuously keeping pace with the growth of our customers’ businesses.”
The Mykawa facility will be modified to dispatch approximately 30 percent more delivery vehicles by adding infrastructure to facilitate loading and unloading of packages. UPS drivers in Mykawa primarily service customers in Harris County.
In Conroe, the building will be similarly modified to dispatch over 40 percent more delivery vehicles. The Conroe facility primarily serves UPS customers in Montgomery County.
In addition to permanent facility modifications, both facilities will be equipped with mobile delivery centers to temporarily increase sorting and dispatch capacity. These modular structures feature the capabilities of a traditional sorting and loading operation, without long term brick-and-mortar facility expansion.
“These “pop up” delivery centers are a clever capacity expansion solution and are constructed in a matter of weeks,” Wiltz explained. “They provide UPS flexibility to temporarily expand delivery operations to address the holiday volume surge.”
The modifications in Mykawa and Conroe are expected to be ready in time for the holiday season. UPS expects to hire more than 100 temporary employees to support peak season needs at both facilities. More than 4,000 UPS employees service the Houston area from eight distribution locations.