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Governor Visits as DHL Celebrates Growth, Success at CVG

The success and growth of DHL Express at the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was celebrated Friday morning with a visit from Governor Steve Beshear.

Over the past seven years, the company's Americas hub has employed 2,400 people, shipped 50 million packages internationally, and invested $281 million.

DHL, a leading global logistics company, invited state and local leaders to celebrate recent growth at CVG. Earlier this year, DHL Express announced plans to invest $108 million to expand its hub at CVG, including new aircraft gates, further automation and storage warehouse space.

“I’m honored to celebrate the accomplishments of DHL Express since opening its U.S. air hub in 2009,” Beshear said during his visit. “DHL has been a great corporate citizen, investing $281 million in the Commonwealth and providing an increasing number of jobs to families in northern Kentucky. DHL’s operations are a key piece of Kentucky’s logistics advantage that allows companies of all sizes to easily grow and expand domestically and internationally. We look forward to a long, rewarding partnership with DHL and CVG.”

In 2009, DHL established its principal Americas air hub at CVG and has continued to grow nearly every year since, investing $281 million. Completed projects have included:

  •  July 2009 – Invested $19 million to refurbish the CVG hub and relocate operations.
  • February 2011 – Invested $12 million to upgrade technology at air hub.
  • November 2011 – Invested $22 million to expand aircraft parking, including nine new wide-body aircraft gates.
  • July 2012 – Invested $6 million to add new ground support equipment and an employee parking lot.
  • June 2013 – Invested $46 million for a ramp extension, pilot building, IT upgrades and 180,000-square-foot sort building. Added 120 new jobs.
  • March 2015 – Invested $21.4 million in hub automation equipment.
  • Fall 2015 – Investing $47 million to install small package/letter sort automation equipment. Will add up to 100 new jobs after the project is complete.
  • Winter 2016 – Investing $108 million to expand the existing warehouse, increase the number of aircraft gates and add sorting and aviation equipment. DHL will add up to 40 new jobs when the project is complete.

The DHL Express global hub sits at the heart of the DHL U.S. network, with flights connecting customers from more than 220 countries and territories worldwide to every corner of the United States. In addition to global hubs in Hong Kong and Germany, the CVG hub completes the backbone of the DHL intercontinental network. Processing approximately 50 million international shipments annually, the CVG hub handles shipments bound for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

“This latest $108 million investment is a clear sign of our commitment to the Americas, of our expectations for strong growth and of our dedication to the regional northern Kentucky and Cincinnati economy,” said Stephen Fenwick, CEO, Americas, DHL Express. “As our business has grown here, we are proud to have steadily added new jobs at our CVG hub. The continued growth we have seen also benefits our partners at the airport as well as businesses in the surrounding communities that support CVG.”

With 2,400 employees in northern Kentucky, DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL, headquartered in Bonn, Germany. The company has also worked closely with the Cabinet for Economic Development’s European Representative Office in Hamburg, Germany. Kentucky is home to 64 German-owned facilities that employ nearly 10,000 people.

“DHL has been an important and valuable partner for northern Kentucky,” said Sen. John Schickel (R-Union). “I look forward to future growth and success of DHL and how our region and citizens continue to be part of it.”

“In 2009, we were so excited as we celebrated DHL’s decision to relocate its hub to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport,” said Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Burlington). “DHL's continued investment and industry growth in their CVG Kentucky home these past seven years has exceeded expectations. Today, we celebrate DHL's success, our continuing economic partnership and their future.”

“Our entire Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region is benefiting from DHL’s success and growth at CVG,” said Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, also chair of Tri-County Economic Development Corp. (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED). “DHL has now expanded eight times since 2009 and employs 2,400 at its Americas hub here in northern Kentucky. The recent $108 million announcement is truly fantastic and will continue DHL’s ability to assist northern Kentucky to attract new employers and jobs to the region. DHL is a significant partner in the success of our region and I thank them for growing and investing in northern Kentucky.”   

-Staff report