Thursday, February 28, 2002

Work on DHL hub resumes


New facility expected to triple space

By James Pilcher
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DHL Worldwide Express restarted construction this week on its $213 million package-sorting facility after a one-year delay because of the softening economy.

        The building and surrounding runway space are expected to triple capacity at the primary U.S. hub for DHL, the world leader in air freight but a minor player domestically. The building is now set to open in summer 2003.

        “This is great news for DHL and the community, and we're happy that we were able to restart this crucial project,” said Steve White, DHL vice president of the Cincinnati hub and the company's other U.S. gateways.

        Kentucky has contributed $17 million to build runway ramps.

        The Brussels, Belgium-based company and its domestic affiliate airline DHL Airways employ more than 1,000 workers locally. Mr. White said the new building probably would mean more workers will be hired, even though it will help automate package sorting.

        The company handles about 1.28 million pounds of freight daily at its existing building. The new building and sorting machines will bump that figure to about 3 million pounds a day.

        Company officials have previously said they were looking to expand in the U.S. market, and were hoping to use the new facility as a springboard for that expansion.

       



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