DHL has expanded its operations in Chicago, opening a US$1.3 million service center facility to meet “heavy demand” for international e-commerce growth from local businesses in the state of Illinois. The new center, the company said, will handle a variety of shipments, including international small parcels, palletized shipments and container freight.
At 38,000 square feet, DHL’s new facility can process more than 2,500 shipments per hour. The facility is located just north of Chicago’s Midway International Airport, in proximity to Chicago’s South Side, and it’s southern and western suburbs. The facility will also service northwestern Indiana for pick-up, delivery and sorting operations.
Just south of O’Hare Airport, DHL already operates a much larger 80,000-square-foot facility that serves businesses located in the densely packed central section of Chicago, known as “The Loop,” which DHL points out is the second largest downtown business district in the United States. The larger center also serves Northern Illinois. With two facilities, DHL now has an extensive Chicago footprint, and can now provide longer service hours.