DHL, an international express services provider, expanded its operations in Chicago with the opening of a new service center facility located at 8401 W. 47th Street in McCook, Illinois.
The $1.3 million investment was primarily driven by heavy demand and international shipment growth from local businesses trading internationally, e-commerce shipping and major customers based in Illinois.
The new 38,000-square-foot facility can process more than 2,500 shipments per hour, and sits just north of Chicago’s Midway International Airport – serving South Side Chicago, the south and west suburbs of Chicago and northwest Indiana for pick-up, delivery and sorting operations of international shipments.
The center complements an 80,000-square-foot DHL service center facility two blocks south of O’Hare that serves businesses in Northern Illinois as well as Chicago’s Loop. Now with two strategically positioned facilities that expand the company’s local footprint and capacity, DHL can provide earlier delivery times and later drop-off cut-off times for its international customers.
More than 50 employees are now based at the new service center, including management, clerical staff, couriers and sales personnel. The state-of-the-art facility will handle a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight.
In 2015, DHL launched a helicopter service in Chicago to provide early morning delivery services for the area’s financial and legal firms requiring urgent document delivery.