Major expansion of DHL Express Cincinnati air hub

International logistics player DHL Express is to recruit 900 additional staff as part of a $108 million expansion of its Americas Hub at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG).

The expansion is to run a new day sort operation. Projected growth in shipments is set to increase the hub’s workforce to more than 3300.

The expansion includes a new north ramp on 45 acres of land, and parking spaces for 16 additional aircraft. The DHL hub will have the capacity for 65 aircraft gates. In addition there will be new storage and warehousing space for the ramp equipment and shipping containers. There will be new automated sorting capability as well as 40 new reload positions, allowing the hub to handle an expected surge in shipment volume from around the Americas.

As previously reported by Apex Insight the CVG airport will soon to be home to an air cargo hub run by Amazon. Amazon is set to move its existing air cargo operations from Wilmington, taking advantage of the fact that the online giant has 11 fulfilment centres in Kentucky. Local news reports suggest that one of the major draws to Amazon was the workforce at DHL at the airport, with a lot of existing relevant skilled workers in the area.

DHL Express Americas chief executive, Mike Parra, commented: “We know the continued investment in motivated people is the key to ensuring that we meet the demands of our customers and have the ability to handle the continued growth and expansion that will occur at our CVG Hub location.”

Chief executive of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, Candace McGraw, added: “DHL is a tremendous business partner at CVG, and we’re pleased about their continued investment and job growth in our community. These additional 900 jobs (are) another demonstration of DHL’s positive impact on the Tristate region.” 
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