DHL eCommerce has opened a new state-of-the-art LEED-certified distribution center spanning 352,000 square feet in Chicago, Illinois, further leading DHL’s commitment to innovation and efficiency within the logistics industry.
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At the heart of this distribution center lies the remarkable Honeywell IntelliSort cross-belt loop sorter, a technological marvel capable of processing up to 40,000 parcels and packages every hour.
Going beyond automation, the center boasts an impressive array of 149 designated trailer parking spaces with a dedicated team of over 385 employees, both full-time and part-time, handling lightweight domestic and international parcels.
Located at 2065 George Street, Melrose Park, Illinois, this distribution center has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Commercial Interiors Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first DHL eCommerce LEED Silver-certified commercial facility in the United States.
The internationally recognized green building certification validates the company’s commitment to sustainable site development, water conservation, energy efficiency, material selection, and the enhancement of indoor environmental quality.
This new facility also encompasses an array of amenities including a warehouse, conference rooms, office space and training facilities, as well as four electric vehicle charging stations and a cutting-edge building management system tailored for optimal environmental controls.
DHL eCommerce New Facility Expands Chicago Operation
Lee Spratt, CEO of DHL eCommerce, Americas, lauds the strategic selection of Chicago, a global hub of transportation and multimodal connectivity, as the ideal location for one of the company’s largest distribution centers.
While the company has been operating in Chicago for many years, “this new, larger facility has green features we did not have before that allow us to work more sustainably.”
This milestone expansion in Chicago is an integral part of DHL eCommerce’s comprehensive five-year growth strategy in the United States.
Developments this year alone include the relocation of its Stow, Ohio operation to a wholly owned building; migrating distribution centers in Salt Lake City and Orlando to more spacious premises; and opening a new distribution center in Kansas City, MO.
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