DHL is planning to build its largest U.S. on-airport service center facility at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. It is expected to cost $6 million and would consolidate four Charlotte, NC-area facilities into a single service center location.
The new 80,200-sq.-ft. facility, employing some 175 people, would serve Charlotte and surrounding areas, including Morrisville, Concord, Kings Mountain and Salisbury, as well as parts of South Carolina. This will enhance efficiencies of its Southeast operation, improving service delivery times, and providing a later pickup service offering for customers in the area.
Construction of the Charlotte facility began in late September and it should be fully operational in April 2006, operating six days a week, said DHL. When complete, it will handle up to 15,000 letter and parcel shipments per hour, increasing its throughput capacity in the area by 15%.