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UPS marks centennial at Katrina-damaged New Orleans hub

UPS marks centennial at Katrina-damaged New Orleans hub

Delivery company UPS plans to start its centennial-year celebration Friday in New Orleans, where its local hub, flooded after Hurricane Katrina, is seen as a spark of life in a neighborhood slowly returning from the storm.
"We're such a fabric of this community, we always have been," spokesman Dan McMackin said. "It only made sense to make this our first step."
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Atlanta-based UPS, which began as private messenger and delivery firm called American Messenger Company in 1907, according to the company's Web site. Over the decades, it evolved to using the famous brown trucks and planes to make stops around the world.
The company's CEO, Mike Eskew, is expected to meet with employees Friday at the hub, which officials said was flooded with six feet (1.8 meters) of water after Katrina hit in 2005. The facility reopened just two months later.
"I think everyone feels confident to make that kind of leap when you see a company of the calibre of UPS saying, 'We believe in New Orleans, we believe that this area is coming back,'" city councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said.
UPS began deliveries, including relief supplies, about three weeks after the storm, McMackin said. He estimated that hundreds of trucks and drivers volunteered to help.
UPS said it reinvested about $7.6 million (euro5.8 million) into the New Orleans hub after the storm.
Eskew said UPS is committed to the area. "You don't get to be 100 years old without going through tough times and having to get up and start over again," he said.
The New Orleans center currently employs 655 people, roughly the same as before Katrina, and delivers an average of 14,534 packages a day, the company said.
UPS says it employs more than 427,000 people worldwide.
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Updated : 2021-02-27 12:49 GMT+08:00