Metro Atlanta is one of five locations in North America where United Parcel Service Inc. is expanding its warehousing operations focused on health care, a field that accounts for a significant proportion of the world’s air cargo value. 

UPS is adding 90,000 square feet of space to two existing warehouses in Suwanee, northeast of Atlanta, bringing the total space at those facilities to more than 200,000 square feet. 

The company is also adding space at dedicated health-care facilities in Burlington, OntarioLouisvilleKy.Mira Loma, Calif. and RenoNev., augmenting the October 2012 opening of new facilities in Shanghai and Hangzhou, China, as well as Sydney. Including Atlanta, the total space added comes to 800,000 square feet. 

Globalization, along with new regulatory requirements and demand for more specialized health services around the world, were among the reasons for the expanding the network, UPS said in a news release. Its facilities meet standards of the regulatory agencies in the countries in which they operate, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement AgencyHealth Canada and others. 

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