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1 8 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE COLLEGE GUIDE 2015-16 The Balancing Act A half-hour before midnight, the UPS Worldport on Grade Lane near the airport feels like a downtown ofce building around 8:30 a.m. Workers fle in, not really chatting much. Some yawn like they're still trying to wake up. Nobody's dressed in business casual, though. Te dress code is casual casual here. Sweatpants, jeans, black leggings for some of the women. U of L sweatshirts and T-shirts are big here. And everyone has sturdy, non- slip workboots. Solid footwear is crucial here. Tese workers will spend the next four hours in the 5.2-million-square-foot air hub, working nonstop on their feet, unloading up to 4 million packages from as many as 125 inbound planes into huge carts (called "cans" in Worldport speak), then from cans onto the 155-mile system of conveyor belts, then from conveyor belts to outbound planes or trucks. If workers slow down or make mistakes, those shoes you ordered from Zappos or electronics you ordered from Amazon show up late. Te packages for which people pay a next-day shipping premium may not show up by 8 a.m. as promised. It's not an easy job. For one, it's loud in there. Tere's the noise from planes landing and taking of and the constant humming from machinery. Amanda Reyes, a part- time supervisor, was voted "loudest" in her graduating class at North Bullitt High School. Te ability to project her voice comes in handy when she needs to tell one of the 85 employees she supervises to speed up or coach them on their lifting technique. With conveyor belts, machinery and people constantly moving, the mammoth, non- climate-controlled facility gets hot, especially in the summer. Workers might drink a gallon of water in a four-hour shift. And the work can be dirty. "My shift supervisor already called me and said, 'Amanda Reyes, just letting you know we're getting (a plane from) Cologne (Germany),'" says Reyes, 22. "Here in an hour, my pants will be black. All their packages are wrapped in this plastic, dirty stuf." (Another hazard — or perk, depending on your sensibilities— of the job: Employees If you've got the will and the energy, UPS has a deal you might not want to pass up. By Amy Talbott Photo courtesy of UPS T h e B a l a n c i n g A c t

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