DHL announces $76m expansion at Hamilton Airport facility in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 31 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

German logistics company DHL Express has announced the construction of a C$100m ($76m) facility to expand the existing unit at the John C Munro Hamilton International Airport in Canada.

The new facility, at 200,000ft², will be four times the size of the current facility. It will replace the current facility to meet double-digit shipment volume growth.

Scheduled to open in 2021, the new facility will feature a fully-automated sort system and be able to process 15,000 packages per hour.

Construction on the new facility is expected to add more front-line jobs to its existing 225 employees to meet higher demands.

DHL Express Canada CEO Andrew Williams said: “Hamilton International Airport offers us the benefits that we need to meet our growing demands in handling capacity.

“With 24-hour landing capability, dedicated onsite Canada Border Services Agency representation and the ability to grow in the future with a partner positioned to become the cargo hub of Ontario, we know this is the best decision to continue leading the market.”

DHL Express said that Hamilton Gateway is the largest gateway for DHL Express in Canada by volume.

Other DHL Express gateways in Canada are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Montreal and Mirabel.

The express service company has 17 owned locations across Canada and more than 450 partner locations.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said: “We welcome DHL’s $100 million investment in our province and we will continue to make Ontario the best place to grow a business and create jobs for people.”

John C Munro Hamilton International Airport president and CEO Cathie Puckering said: “Today’s announcement from DHL is great news for the Airport, the City of Hamilton and the province as Hamilton International is a global gateway facilitating the movement of goods and Ontario is the home of a strong and rapidly growing e-commerce industry.”

In January 2019, DHL Express announced the setting up of a new hub at Copenhagen Airport at an investment of DKK1bn (€134m) in Denmark.

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Image: DHL unveiled plans to build a $76m facility at John C Munro Hamilton International Airport in Canada. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay.

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