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RPS to build new operations center, add 10 jobs

May 26, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

RPS Inc. broke ground earlier this month for a 35,000-square-foot terminal and operations building that will more than triple the company's size and increase the number of employees by about 10.

The package delivery company will move from Hagerstown Industrial Park, where it has operated for the past 10 years, to a building off Hopewell Road, according to Gary Jordan, RPS Hagerstown terminal manager.

RPS started out in a terminal near Hagerstown Regional Airport in 1985 but outgrew the space and, in 1989, moved to leased space at Hagerstown Industrial Park, Jordan said.

The company, which has about 60 employees, expects to move into the new building at Hunter's Green Business Park off Hopewell Road by Sept. 1, he said.

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"It has easy access to interstates 81 and 70," he said.

Jordan said he was unsure of the cost of the new building.

Expansion at the current site was not possible because the building houses several tenants, he said.

"RPS has grown annually here in Washington County. We are adding more trucks and employees. We've outgrown our current facility and we're glad to be expanding in Hunter's Green. The location is ideal," Jordan said.

He said the company will add more routes after the move.

With the increased space, the company will be able to process more packages per hour, he said.

Many of the people who work out of the Hagerstown terminal are independent contractors who own their vehicles and are paid based on time-frame and number of packages delivered.

RPS is the second-largest small-package ground carrier in the United States, with 30,000 employees and contractors and 368 facilities.

The 10,000-square-foot space used by RPS at Hagerstown Industrial Park is not expected to be vacant for long, according to Tom Riford, marketing director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

"We have several companies interested," said Riford, who would not be more specific.

Staff Writer Kerry Lynn Fraley contributed to this story.

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