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UPS hiring 1,600 part timers in Jacksonville
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UPS hiring 1,600 part timers in Jacksonville

UPS hiring 1,600 part timers in Jacksonville

UPS hiring 1,600 part timers in Jacksonville

UPS is already in the process of expanding its Jacksonville presence, and now, that means hiring some 1,600 part-time employees.

WOKV first told you last November that UPS was investing $196 million in expanding its Jacksonville ground package hub in Jacksonville. The investment was designed to both expand the physical space and add more advanced technology to their operations. The deal also comes with ten full time jobs, and in exchange for the investment, the company will get $4.3 million in incentives. 

Now, UPS confirms they’re hiring approximately 1,600 new part-time positions between the hub that’s being expanded and a new relief hub operations building. Hiring is now underway, with the company hoping to have all of the positions filled and employees trained by November 1, 2017, according to a statement. 

If you’re interested in a position with UPS, you can check their website.

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