5:45pm

Wed March 14, 2012
Business and the Economy

Groundbreaking for New DHL Facility

Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson Wednesday joined community leaders and officials from DHL Express to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new 193,000-square-foot sorting facility in Erlanger. The expansion brings 120 full-time jobs and an investment of $47 million. DHL officials anticipate the new facility will be operational by November. Upgrades are also planned for an existing 520,000-square-foot facility.

The expansion demonstrates Kentucky’s ability to provide an efficient infrastructure to meet the needs of such a significant international company, Beshear said, adding the expansion will also help Kentucky companies get products and packages into the global stream of commerce.

DHL Express was founded in 1969 when three friends personally shipped papers by airplane from San Francisco to Honolulu so the customs clearance for a ship’s cargo could begin before the ship’s arrivals. The company has grown to become a world leader in the international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, logistics and international mail services.