DHL Supply Chain building giant warehouse facility near Lebanon

DHL Supply Chain is starting work on a nearly 3 million-square-foot warehouse project in Lebanon County’s South Annville Township.

In late August, the third-party logistics provider purchased 198 acres for its Clear Springs Logistics Park – at Route 422 and Killinger Road – for more than $20 million from Eastern Land & Resources Co., according to a deed filed at the Lebanon County Courthouse.

Expected to include three buildings totaling more than 2.8 million square feet, the project has also received money from the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund to support improvements on Killinger Road.

“We are excited to build on DHL Supply Chain’s presence in central Pennsylvania, and are grateful for the partnership with South Annville Township and Lebanon County for the support they have provided on this project,” DHL Supply Chain said in a statement provided to Central Penn Business Journal.

“Over the next few years, we will be delivering state-of-the-art facilities that will provide new employment opportunities for the community.”

Jeanette Henning, South Annville Township’s manager, said in an email that construction has not yet started. “They are in the process of moving earth.”

DHL Supply Chain is also investing $88 million in a two-building life sciences and health care warehousing facility at the former Alcoa aluminum plant at 3100 State Drive, South Lebanon Township.

The first of the two structures is a 970,000-square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and distribution center that the company said will create at least 200 jobs.

DHL Supply Chain is part of the supply chain division of Deutsche Post DHL Group. According to a fact sheet on its website, its customer base includes more than 1,400 customers across all sectors.

Worldwide, DHL Supply Chain employs more than 159,000 people, has approximately 1,460 warehouses and offices, and operates more than 14 million square meters of storage space.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Global company Ferrero opens new Lebanon County distribution center

Officials from Ferrero celebrated the opening of its new distribution center in Union Township, Lebanon County. Pictured left to right: Luca Robbiano, Ferrero supply chain senior vice president; Paul Chibe, president and CEO of Ferrero North America; Congressman Dan P. Meuser; and Franklin Littleton, president of DHL Supply Chain North America. (Photo: Submitted)

Ferrero, a global confectionery company known for manufacturing products like Nutella and Tic Tac, has opened a new distribution center in Lebanon County.

Company officials and local dignitaries gathered at the distribution center, located at 112 Bordnersville Road in Union Township. The 730,000 square-foot facility will add 225 local jobs with 75 new positions in 2019 and an additional 150 jobs by the end of 2020, officials said, and is designed to support the company’s growth and integration of new brands.

Ferrero North America will distribute brands like Baby Ruth and Butterfinger out of the distribution center. The facility, which is managed by DHL Supply Chain, will also distribute other Ferrero brands in upcoming years.

“We are thrilled to be an active business partner in Jonestown and Union Township,” said Paul Chibe, president and CEO of Ferrero North America. “These communities’ commitment to economic growth was an integral part of the decision to select this location for our new distribution center. “In DHL, we have the perfect partner whose best-in-class experience and technology will ensure this facility helps power Ferrero’s continued growth for years to come.”

Joining the ribbon-ceremony was Franklin Littleton, president of DHL Supply Chain North America, which provides warehouse services for the new distribution center, including shipment consolidation, packaging, distribution and inventory management. Several new energy and cost savings initiatives are being utilized in the building, including lithium battery-powered lifts, an energy-saving HVAC system and zero-waste-to-landfill practices to reduce environmental impact.

“We were immediately attracted to Ferrero’s vision for future growth and believed our proven processes to consistently deliver predictability and cost certainty uniquely positioned us to help them increase capacity and achieve that vision,” said Littleton. “The addition of this new facility is an exciting and critical step in continuing to deliver on Ferrero’s growth strategy as it will bring its products to the market with even greater speed and efficiency.”