The Santa Ana center serves a swath of Southern California that reaches from San Clemente to Brea. The new location is five miles closer and approximately 20 minutes faster to and from Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) - resulting in earlier delivery times and later cut-off times for international shipping customers, DHL says.
"The need for a larger facility in Southern California points to the robustness of the economy here," said John Cornish, general manager for DHL Express U.S. "We wanted to be responsive to the region's growth."
The new facility can process more than 1,400 pieces per hour and handles a variety of shipments, including international small parcels as well as palletized and container freight. It accommodates more than 45 pickup and delivery routes.
The $6.2m investment marks the second west coast expansion that DHL has made in the last several months. The company announced a new facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in September.
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