Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

A division of DHL is making a permanent move onto UPS’ home turf, picking Atlanta as the site of its first fully-owned U.S. distribution center.

DHL eCommerce Solutions, a division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, purchased a 150,000-square-foot facility at 1370 Discovery Industrial Court in Mableton, between I-285 and I-20.

The German logistics company will relocate from 1500 Southpoint Drive, Suite 200, in Forest Park, a location they’ve rented since 2004.

“It is an extremely proud moment for us to move to our first fully-owned U.S. building located in Atlanta,” said DHL eCommerce Solutions Americas CEO Lee Spratt. “Our expansion plans have been in the works for some time, but with this year’s consistent surge in e-commerce volumes, we understood the urgency of finalizing our plans to have a permanent home in the Atlanta area and additional space in strategic metropolitan U.S. locations.”

The new facility is part of an approximately $30 million investment to expand and modernize its operation in the United States. The includes adding temporary distribution center space in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Avenel, N.J., and hiring 900 new distribution center workers.

DHL said it plans to nearly double its current Atlanta staff of 229 by the end of the year. The 225 new part- and full-time openings will be for encoders and sorters.

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