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Efficient freight operations on display at UPS Worldport

After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region.

What they made clear to me is the scope of the challenge we’re facing when it comes to transportation in America. 

By 2050, we’re going to have to haul an additional 14 billion tons of freight around this country. Needless to say, without new investment, supply chains will fall apart, hindering job growth and harming retailers, manufacturers, and the millions of American consumers who need their goods to be transported efficiently and affordably.

That’s why we’re working so hard to spread the message that investments in infrastructure are absolutely crucial to the health of our nation’s economy.

After our roundtable discussion, I had a chance to tour the Worldport facility with Scott Davis.  It’s a great operation – processing an average of 1.6 million packages a day.  In fact, I learned that the average package spends only 13 minutes inside the facility!  We have one of the best freight systems in the world – but we need to continue investing to stay that way.

Photo of Secretary Foxx touring UPS Worldport

 

Connecting manufacturers and markets

Last year, for the first time in 55 years, Louisville, Kentucky's "Appliance Park" began running a new assembly line. Refrigerators and washing machines started leaving the loading docks again, and workers' cars started showing up in the parking lot.

Louisville isn’t the only place this is happening. This is just one chapter in larger success story chronicling the recent resurgence of American manufacturing.

At DOT, we’re thinking about the next chapter of this manufacturing renaissance: about how those fridges and washing machines get from the loading dock to American stores and global markets, and about how those workers get home at the end of their shifts...

Photo of workers at G.E.'s Appliance Park

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