DHL Supply Chain constructing new $100 million distribution center in Dorchester County

For Immediate Release
April 2, 2019
DHL Supply Chain constructing new $100 million distribution center in Dorchester County

Global logistics provider expected to create approximately 450 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, today announced plans to construct a new distribution and warehousing park in Dorchester County that will open in phases, developed by DHL Real Estate Solutions. The company’s $100 million investment is projected to create approximately 450 new jobs.

DHL Real Estate Solutions (RES) is a standalone product of DHL and one of the largest developers of property solutions in the logistics industry. RES is a global developer, providing both customers and non-supply chain customers with individually-tailored real estate solutions. The company’s integrated approach provides a single point of contact, ensuring that building design, racking and building systems are all coordinated at the onset of the design process, resulting in smoother transitions when operations commence.

The company has purchased 125 acres, now called DHL Commerce Park, in St. George, S.C., to construct three new buildings totaling 1.7 million square feet. The first new facility is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $1,000,000 Set Aside grant was also awarded to Dorchester County to assist with costs associated with the project.

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“We have seen significant growth in this area of the country and customers are even asking us to evaluate opportunities in South Carolina specifically. With that in mind, we got ahead of the curve to offer premier facilities in one of the hottest emerging markets in the country.” – DHL Supply Chain Vice President of Real Estate Development Steve Hess 

“This investment in Dorchester County by DHL Supply Chain is further proof that South Carolina is an important hub for international business. These 450 new jobs will make a big impact on the Lowcountry community, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this great company here.” – Gov. Henry McMaster 

“With a favorable geographic location and robust port and infrastructure assets, South Carolina offers unparalleled global connectivity. This $100 million investment by DHL Supply Chain is a testament to our
unique ability to move products around the world, and I congratulate this great company on this tremendous announcement.” – Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“The development of this commerce park and recruitment of jobs and opportunity to western Dorchester County have been a dream of mine. Today, that vision becomes reality as we welcome DHL Supply Chain and its logistics center to St. George.” – Dorchester County Council Chairman George Bailey 

“South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) is seeing significant distribution center and warehousing activity in our region, driven by port users who rely on our marine and inland facilities to handle growing import volumes bound for consumers across the Southeast. SCPA congratulates DHL Supply Chain on their plans to open a new facility, which will support the international supply chain needs of multiple port-related business segments.”  – S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome 

“The Charleston region is perfectly positioned for global business, offering one of the world’s leading contract logistics providers, DHL Supply Chain, prime access to one-third of the U.S. population and proximity to a variety of global brands. The One Region Global Competitiveness strategy identified DHL as a key recruitment target vital to the growth of our region’s advanced logistics cluster and other high-impact industries. We are pleased the company selected Dorchester County as its home.” – Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chairman Robert Pratt 

FIVE FAST FACTS 
• DHL Supply Chain is constructing a new distribution and warehousing center in Dorchester County.
• $100 million investment to create 450 new jobs.
• DHL Supply Chain provides services to a variety of sectors including automotive, consumer, energy and chemicals, engineering and manufacturing and more. 
• The company has purchased 125 acres, now called DHL Commerce Park, in St. George, S.C., to construct three new buildings totaling 1.7 million square feet. 
• The first new facility is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. 

About DHL 
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018. 
About S.C. Department of Commerce 

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State ranked No. 1 in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 – extending its streak of top three finishes since 2011. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com. 

About Dorchester County Economic Development
Dorchester County Economic Development is focused on fostering economic prosperity within the County. Our mission is to create an environment that supports new business growth and retention, enabling companies to succeed for generations. In addition, we work to strengthen and prepare our community for the future. Through such efforts, we aim to provide our citizens with the opportunities to grow and prosper in Dorchester County. For more information, please visit www.dorchesterforbusiness.com or call (843) 875-9109.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 
Nicole Porter
DHL Supply Chain
(614) 865-8437 | Nicole.porter@dhl.com

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998 | aclark@sccommerce.com
www.SCcommerce.com

Joy Tyson
Marketing and Investor Relations Manager
Dorchester County Economic Development
(843) 875-9109 | jtyson@dorchestercountysc.gov
www.dorchesterforbusiness.com

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