FORT WORTH — UPS plans to open a large distribution facility at Alliance in far north Fort Worth in November, creating 350 jobs.The Atlanta-based shipping company said Thursday that it has leased a 495,000-square-feet building on 27 acres at 13700 Independence Parkway from Alliance developer Hillwood Properties. The building, formerly used by LG Electronics, is being modified and should be ready in November, the company said.UPS will also open a 215,000-square-foot distribution facility in McKinney at about the same time. That facility will create 120 jobs and primarily serve UPS customers in Collin County.The Fort Worth building is being nicknamed its Independence facility and will employ 300 package handlers and more than 50 tractor-trailer drivers. It will serve customers in north Tarrant and south Denton counties.“UPS continues to see growth in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex,” Craig Wiltz, president of the Red River District, said in a statement. “These two new buildings increase our ability to address the rapid expansion of residential and commercial demand and significantly increase our employee base in the area.”The Independence facility will feature the newest in package-sorting technology, the company said.UPS said it now has eight facilities serving Dallas-Fort Worth with more than 7,500 employees. The new Fort Worth facility will be among its largest, said spokesman Dan Cardillo.“It’s going to be a good-sized facility for us,” he said. “This is all about permanent investment to serve customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”Job descriptions for the facility are on upsjobs.com under Fort Worth locations, Cardillo said.Sharon Morrison with E. Smith Realty Partners represented UPS on the lease. Tony Creme, vice president of Hillwood, represented Hillwood Properties.Creme said the new facility significantly enhances the logistics platform at Alliance, “especially as e-commerce companies continue to locate their fulfillment centers here. UPS has been an integral, valued member of the AllianceTexas project for many years, and we look forward to their continued growth and success with this new location.”LG Electronics, a longtime tenant in the Alliance development, has leased and moved to a new, 1.2-million-square-foot industrial building at the new Alliance Center North, at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and Eagle Parkway, where it consolidated two distribution facilities.
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