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DHL Breaks Ground on $35m Distribution Center at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight unit within Deutsche Post DHL, has broken ground on a $35m facility at O'Hare International Airport, which will include 53,000 square feet of office space and 423,030 square feet of warehousing, and is expected to be the largest DHL Global Forwarding building in the U.S.

The location will be a bonded container freight station and foreign trade zone, and is expected to be Technology Asset Protection Association (TAPA-A) certified. DHL Global Forwarding also plans to establish the facility as a Life Science Cold Chain Certified Competency Center for shipping of pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices that need to be in a temperature-controlled environment.

The building is also slated to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified, a third-party verification of green buildings. This certification is in line with the company’s GoGreen climate protection program, aimed at improving its CO2 efficiency across all of its operations, including subcontracted transportation services, by 30 percent by 2020.

The Chicago building is expected to be completed by November 2014, and up until this date, all services will continue to be rendered from DHL Global Forwarding’s current location in Franklin Park.

Source: DHL

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