CHICAGO – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD), visited the United Parcel Service (UPS) Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH) to learn more about the corporation’s efforts to transform commercial transportation by focusing on sustainability as part of his “Mike on the Move” initiative.
“UPS’ Chicago Area Consolidation Hub is proving how innovation can foster efficiency and sustainability in infrastructure. What UPS is accomplishing at the CACH is something that other commercial transportation industries can replicate – sustainable, efficient transportation is good for the environment and good for companies’ bottom lines,” said Rep. Quigley. “Thank you to UPS leadership for an informative tour today and for blazing the trail on sustainable commercial transportation.”
“The UPS team at CACH welcomes Congressman Quigley to the largest ground package facility in the UPS system and the world. UPS has a strong commitment to sustainability, using our rolling laboratory of alternative fuel vehicles for over a decade to test a diverse array of fuels and technologies to best support our customers and the environment,” said Bob Latchford, Vice President of CACH Operations.
Rep. Quigley toured the facility in Hodgkins, Illinois, which serves as a central sorting facility for packages traveling across the country and internationally, with UPS leadership Bob Latchford, Vice President – CACH Operations; Ray Drake, Vice President of State Government Affairs; Jason Jacobs, Illinois Security Manager; Ron Kenney, CACH Human Resources Manager; and Scott Gloudemann, CACH Plant Engineering Manager.
While visiting the CACH, Rep. Quigley learned about UPS’ efforts to transform sustainable commercial transportation. Just last week, UPS reached their one billionth mile traveled in alternative fuel vehicles. Their fleet of more than 7,200 alternative fuel trucks is spurring growth in the clean fuels market and powering critical engineering advances in sustainability globally. By the end of this year, UPS will have invested more than $750 million in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations since 2009. Rep. Quigley also viewed recent modifications at the CACH and the newest technologies being used, and made a stop at the Liquid Natural Gas fueling station on the premises.
Rep. Quigley’s “Mike on the Move” initiative emphasizes how the federal government can support transportation and infrastructure investments. Previous “Mike on the Move” events highlighted CTA Red and Purple Line renovation sites, the 606 bike and pedestrian trail during construction and shortly after it opened, Chicago’s Metra system’s century old switching tower and Amerail passenger car rehabilitation project, innovative bike and pedestrian trails around the city, large road construction projects, and Chicago’s notorious rail congestion.
As Illinois’ only member on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley has pushed for a long-term surface transportation bill and prioritized Chicago-area infrastructure investments as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). He has helped secure $35 million in Core Capacity grants to benefit CTA and over $100 million for projects to ease flooding in Cook County. Rep. Quigley also fought for increased funding for the TIGER grant program to benefit both highways and pedestrian projects. Rep. Quigley is also a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) and has been a strong defender of the environment, supporting legislation that promotes clean energy development, reduces harmful carbon and methane emissions, and protects our public lands and wildlife.