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Over 100 years old and running

UPS was founded in 1907 in Seattle, Washington by 19 year-old James E. (“Jim”) Casey. When it was first created it was called the American Messenger Company and Jim’s slogan was similar to what it is today: “Best service and lowest rates.”


In 1913 the name changed to Merchants Parcel Deliveries when they first got cars.


In  1919, what was now called UPS, made their first expansion to Oakland, California.


In 1930, UPS finally expanded to the east coast right after they were the first delivery company to try to provide air service (though it failed). However, in 1953, their air service resumed, and this time it lasted.


In 1975, UPS forges the “Golden Link” and became the first company to serve every address in the contiguous 48 states. In 1977, UPS delivers to Alaska and becomes the first to serve all 50 states.


After purchasing their first aircraft in 1981 and starting an international air service to six European countries in 1985, UPS got the authority by the FAA to operate their own aircraft in 1988.

They soon expanded their worldwide service from 104 to 175 countries in 1989.


In 1992, UPS begins to use electronic tracking. Finally in 1994, their website comes alive.


In 1997, one of the largest strikes by the Teamsters happens against UPS.


In 1999, UPS sells 10% of their stock in the initial public offering of the NY stock exchange.


Now in the 2000’s their tracking technology continuously increases as they strive to help their customers.