International courier to build massive $100M facility in Hamilton


International courier DHL announced Tuesday (Oct. 29) that they will be investing $100-million in a new facility here in Hamilton.

In what they call a 'gateway expansion,' the company says they are building a new 200,000 sq. ft. facility at the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport.

Set to open in 2021, the new facility, four times the size of the current facility at 200,000 square feet, is projected to meet double-digit volume growth. This will be DHL's largest gateway in Canada, the company says in a release, and the proposed new facility is expected to quadruple handling capacity.

"Hamilton International Airport offers us the benefits that we need to meet our growing demands in handling capacity," said Andrew Williams, CEO of DHL Express Canada.

The facility will also generate an increase in front-line job growth to meet higher demands, adding to its existing 225 employees.

"This is further evidence that our airport is an economic driver that is attracting international investment resulting in high-value jobs and increased prosperity," said Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

Since 2014, international trade has generated continuous growth in shipments per day for DHL Express in the Americas, averaging at around eight per cent growth each year for the entire region combined.

In Canada alone, shipments per day growth have doubled with 60 per cent of the total Canadian shipments cleared every month at Hamilton International.

The Hamilton Gateway is the largest gateway for DHL Express in Canada by volume. Other DHL Express gateways in Canada are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Montreal, and Mirabel.

DHL Express moved to its current Hamilton International facility in 2008. In the last four years, the company has invested more than $30 million to increase its fleet and aviation capacity, along with expanding its facilities in Edmonton and Winnipeg, and most recently, doubling its capacity at the Vancouver International Airport in Richmond.

Photo courtesy DHL’s Facebook page

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