Wednesday morning, Lt. Governor Habib opened the 110th Anniversary Celebration of the United Parcel Service at Waterfall Park in Pioneer Square.
United Parcel Service (UPS) was founded in 1907 by James Casey and Claude Ryan in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. Since then it has grown into a global company with over 442,000 employees worldwide, delivering to over 222 countries and territories.
The event took place at UPS Waterfall Park, which was built and maintained by the family foundation bearing UPS founder James Casey’s name, and covers the spot where the original office was located.
In his remarks, Lt. Governor Habib spoke about the shared legacy of notable Washington state companies—UPS, Microsoft, Amazon, and others—who share a mission of connecting the world.
“UPS was the original Seattle startup turned global operation,” said Lt. Governor Habib. “An entrepreneur with a pioneering spirit set up shop right here in Pioneer Square and his work, and the work of Washington state entrepreneurs that followed, have made the world smaller by connecting us to rest of the globe.”
Lt. Governor Habib also praised UPS for their continued commitment to Washington state, where UPS still maintains a large presence with over 50 operating locations and 6500 employees.
“In this time when the future of work seems very uncertain, we look to companies like UPS that are committed not just to their customers, but to their employees, and to the communities in which they operate. This state recognizes that commitment in UPS, and is proud to be the birthplace of this world-class company.”