DHL has announced plans to invest $3 million over the next three years in a new regional sorting center it opened in Kansas City in September. The facility encompasses 68,678 square feet and has created 130 new jobs. The sort center handles a variety of shipments, including letters and parcels, palletized items and container freight. It features a sort capacity of 7,000 pieces per hour and will support 27 DHL service stations in the region.
To accommodate the growth of its logistics business in southern California, UPS has opened a new distribution campus in Mira Loma. The complex features a newly built 765,000-square-foot DC and a second facility, which is currently under construction, for UPS Supply Chain Solutions. The new facilities will support critical parts management, order fulfillment operations, and freight receiving and shipment preparation for multiple clients. Customers were recently moved to the newly completed facility from a former UPS site in Ontario, Calif. The second building at the campus is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2006 and will feature 400,000 square feet of distribution space.
Lauth Property Group will break ground on a new commercial development project in Phoenix, Ariz., during the first quarter of 2006. The Riverside Business Center will be located at the intersection of West Lower Buckeye Road and the future 45th Avenue in the southwest valley of Phoenix. The spec building will feature 603,000 square feet, which Lauth says makes it ideal for bulk distribution or assembly.
Warehouse Specialists Inc. (WSI) has opened a new distribution center in the southern suburbs of Chicago. The 400,000square-foot facility, located in Sauk Village, allows easy access to the Chicago area and to major interstate highways. WSI, which provides warehousing, logistics and transportation services, now has more than 14 million square feet of warehousing space nationwide.