RPS EXPANSION EXTENDS OVERNIGHT GROUND SERVICE

RPS EXPANSION EXTENDS OVERNIGHT GROUND SERVICE

Roadway Package System has unveiled an addition to its hub in Columbus, Ohio, which will allow it to expand overnight ground service in the surrounding five-state area.

The business-to-business small package carrier, based in Pittsburgh, announced that it added a third sorter to the hub Aug. 21. It also installed 40 load doors and eight unload doors, as well as 14 pickup and delivery van positions.The improvements allowed RPS to increase capacity by several thousand packages an hour. The company did not reveal the cost of the expansion project.

The Columbus hub is one of the three original hubs in the 10-year-old RPS system. It will handle overnight ground packages from all of Ohio, as well as the regions surrounding RPS terminals in Louisville, Lexington and Ashland, Ky.; Charleston and Clarksburg, W.Va.; Erie, Greensburg and Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Fort Wayne, Cocoa, Greenwood and Indianapolis, Ind.

RPS already offered overnight ground as a standard service from its facilities in Atlanta; Charlotte, S.C.; Fort Worth and Houston; Kansas City; and Queens, N.Y.

RPS plans to add 17 new regional hubs over the next four years to support the continued expansion of its overnight ground service. The company has 339 facilities in the United States and Canada.