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Tuesday, February 2nd. On Valentine’s Day 102 years ago, a Seattle-based delivery service expanded its operations to Oakland, California.

With that move in 1919, the American Messenger Service, founded in 1907 by 19-year-old Jim Casey for local deliveries, changed its name to United Parcel Service, or UPS.

In 1929, the company began shipping by air. UPS today commands a fleet of 268 aircraft and about 125,000 ground vehicles. While UPS is the among the world’s largest delivery companies, it has plenty of competitors in America.

The 4,500 local delivery, and nearly 10,000 interurban courier and shipment establishments, do a combined $91 billion of business annually.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

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