DHL will invest $7 million in a new 78,960-sq.-ft facility which will serve DHL's local pickup, delivery and sorting operations in the Chicago area. This is the second recent major facility investment by DHL to enhance operations in the Chicago area. In September 2005, DHL opened a new 70,000-sq.-ft facility on West Cermak Road serving the Chicago loop area.
"The Chicago area has always been an important market for DHL, with a high density of customers ranging from major national accounts to small businesses," said Carl Rodriguez, senior area vice president of operations for DHL. "This new facility will ensure that customers shipping to and from the Chicago area continue to receive the highest level of service from DHL, and also positions DHL for future customer growth in the area."
The new facility is located off of Mannheim Road south of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. It will handle a wide variety of shipments -- including domestic and international parcels as well as palletized, loose-load and container freight. The facility will also provide a throughput capacity of 7,500 packages per hour and will employ nearly 250 personnel when fully operational.
In 2004, DHL Express announced a $1.2 billion network investment program in the U.S. market which has resulted in a newly expanded primary air and ground hub in Wilmington, Ohio, seven new Regional Sort Centers, a recently completed West Coast distribution facility, and the development of a $107 million new, state-of-the-art East Coast Distribution Facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Other recent investments include DHL's largest on-airport service center facility, which opened in May 2006 at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, a $181 million service center in Manhattan, which opened in July, along with a new foot-courier facility, and a new service center facility being built at the Salt Lake City International Airport.