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Expansion of UPS facility adds jobs to Suwanee

UPS partnership with Merck allows for temperature-controlled distribution of vaccines

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks Friday at a celebration of the expansion of a UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Suwanee. The event also celebrated a partnership with Merck that allows for facilities in Duluth and Suwanee to distribute 80 percent of Merck's vaccines across the country and to military bases abroad.


David Quintilio, vice president of UPS Healthcare Supply Chain Solutions, speaks at a ceremony Friday marking the expansion of a Suwanee distribution center, in front of a new cage that allows for secured storage of narcotics regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

David Quintilio, vice president of UPS Healthcare Supply Chain Solutions, speaks at a ceremony Friday marking the expansion of a Suwanee distribution center, in front of a new cage that allows for secured storage of narcotics regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks at UPS in Gwinnett

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks Friday at a celebration of the expansion of a UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Suwanee. The event also celebrated a partnership with Merck that allows for facilities in Duluth and Suwanee to distribute 80 percent of Merck's vaccines across the country and to military bases abroad.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks Friday at a celebration of the expansion of a UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Suwanee. The event also celebrated a partnership with Merck that allows for facilities in Duluth and Suwanee to distribute 80 percent of Merck's vaccines across the country and to military bases abroad.

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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, speaks to Charles Trammell and David Quintilio of UPS and Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash before a ceremony marking the expansion of a UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Suwanee.

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Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash speaks Friday at a celebration of the UPS and Merck venture which has added more than 70 jobs to the community in the past year.

SUWANEE — You think it was cold when you got up Friday morning? Try out the negative 20 degree freezer at the UPS Supply Chain Solutions facility in Suwanee.

The temperature-sensitive distribution center has allowed the company to add more than 70 jobs in the past year in Gwinnett, and, along with a facility in Duluth, become on the leading locations for the distribution of Merck vaccines, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals.

“All of the jobs created and all of the people touched are very, very meaningful,” Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said Friday at an event celebrating an expansion to the secured facility with a new cage to allow for narcotics under Drug Enforcement Agency rules.

“This is exactly the kind of business we want here in Gwinnett,” Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said of the endeavor between UPS and Merck, pointing out that the companies are part of the targeted industries — logistics and life sciences — the county has sought through economic development efforts. “They figured out a way to make the best of each other’s strengths to serve their customers in the best way. … Merck may not be the best at supply chain, but they have figured out that UPS is pretty darn good at that.”

Merck Executive Director Chris LaGullo said UPS’s mantra of “It’s a patient, not a package” fits perfectly into his company’s philosophy.

“They are an extension of our family and they help us meet the needs of our patients every day,” LaGullo said.

At Friday’s ceremony, the companies celebrated a five-year partnership, which includes a facility in Reno, Nev. that opened to serve Western states. The event also marked the one-year anniversary of the Suwanee facility, which partners with the Duluth site to distribute about 80 percent of Merck’s products in the United States and to military bases abroad.