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May 21. 2014 12:06PM

UPS facility to bring "hundreds of jobs" to Londonderry

LONDONDERRY -- A new UPS logistics facility is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to town in a little more than a year, town officials have confirmed.

On Tuesday, Pratt & Whitney, a unit of Connecticut-based United Technologies Corp., announced expansion of a third-party relationship with United Parcel Service (UPS).
Company officials said UPS will open a 600,000-square-foot Northeast Logistics Center in Londonderry as part of the agreement.

The center, set to open in June 2015, will serve as a centralized distribution center for Pratt & Whitney parts, tools and other supplies, with UPS providing such services as parts receipt, storage, building of manufacturing and assembly kits, inventory management and freight transportation.

Pratt & Whitney Senior Vice President of Engineering & Operations Danny DiPerna said the partnership will allow his company to focus on core operations while ramping up its PurePower engine line.

DiPerna said UPS has been providing services for Pratt & Whitney for the past decade.

Town Manager Kevin Smith said conceptual discussions have been held in recent months, but things had been kept quiet until this week.

"We'd been in talks about it for quite some time," Smith said Wednesday, noting the facility "has a very good probability of being located in the Pettengill Road area." He declined to share specifics.

"We've been told this new facility will bring hundreds of jobs to the region," Smith said. "Obviously, it's very exciting to have that amount of new jobs coming to the area."

Plans for the new UPS center will go before the Heritage Commission soon, with the Planning Board expected to hold a public hearing sometime in June.

"Having a company like Pratt & Whitney establish a presence in the area is a huge boost for Londonderry," Smith said. "And having two major facilities coming to town is a testament to Londonderry's attempts to encourage new business and development."

Earlier this month the board gave the green light to FedEx, granting the company permission to begin construction of a new ground center at 44 Industrial Drive in the Pettengill Road area. That area is the site of extensive planned development in coming years.

The 300,000-square-foot FedEx warehouse is expected to bring 500 new jobs and is expected to open in early 2015.

AGuilmet@newstote.com



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