DHL breaks ground on new O'Hare cargo facility

CHICAGO – DHL has broken ground on a $35 million cargo facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The DHL Global Forwarding Center will have offices and more than 420,000 square feet of warehouse space. It will be the largest facility of its type for the company inside the United States.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility on Friday.

The city says the project will create hundreds of construction jobs and bring 500 permanent jobs to Chicago.

Emanuel said the center will greatly expand cargo operations at O’Hare, one of the nation’s most important air transport hubs.