CHICAGO, Ill.–C.H. Robinson will expand its business operations in Chicago by signing a seven-year lease for a 235,000-square-foot commercial office building and warehouse at 333 Howard Avenue in Des Plaines. Approximately 150 employees will be based at the new facility, which will open its doors in early 2016.
“Chicago is one of the most important markets in our global shipping network, thanks to its connectivity to Class I rail, ocean shipping, truck transportation and one of the world’s leading airports,” said Mike Short, president of Global Forwarding, C.H. Robinson. “This move will enable our customers to have better access to these transportation options, and will position our company to build on our decade of rapid expansion in Chicago.”
The Des Plaines deal comes on the heels of the company’s announcement that it will build a three-story, 207,000-square-foot office building in Lincoln Park that will house more than 1,000 employees. C.H. Robinson is the largest logistics company in Chicago and will celebrate its 100th anniversary of operations in the city next year. The company has roughly doubled its Chicago-based headcount since 2005, and its nearly 2,000 Chicago employees account for almost 15 percent of its global workforce.
The new facility will serve as a major hub for both North American and international freight consolidation operations, the company said.
“C.H. Robinson is a fixture in Chicago’s transportation and logistics community and we are pleased to work together on its continued commitment to growth in the region,” said World Business Chicago President & CEO Jeff Malehorn. “The Chicago region is one of the nation’s – and world’s – leading supply chain hubs due to its unmatched access, making it an ideal location for C.H. Robinson’s ongoing expansion.”
The Des Plaines facility will also serve as C.H. Robinson’s in-house TSA Certified Cargo Screening facility (CCSF). This new facility will include 36,726 square feet of warehouse space equipped with state of the art screening technology.