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  November 20th, 2015 | Written by

C.H. Robinson Continues Chicago Growth with Lease of New Expanded Office and Warehouse Space

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  • C.H. Robinson exec: “Chicago is one of the most important markets in our global shipping network.”
  • C.H. Robinson’s new Chicago facility will serve as a hub for freight consolidation operations.
  • C.H. Robinson signed its first lease for a 30,000 sq. ft. Chicago-based freight consolidation facility 10 years ago.
  • C.H. Robinson’s Des Plaines facility will also serve as its in-house TSA cargo screening facility.
  • Chicago provides access to Class I rail, ocean shipping, truck transportation, and a leading airport.

C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics providers, announced that it will expand its business operations in Chicago by signing a seven-year lease for a 235,000-square-foot commercial office building and warehouse in Des Plaines, Illinois. Approximately 150 employees will be based at the new facility, which will open its doors in early 2016.

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. 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.

“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 at 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 new facility will serve as a major hub for both North American and international freight consolidation operations. Through C.H. Robinson’s freight consolidation services, companies that book less-than-full loads of freight on trucks, ships, and airplanes have their shipments packaged with other loads to create efficiencies in the supply chain.

C.H. Robinson’s global forwarding division helps customer’s ship commercial freight internationally via its vast network of transportation providers. The division has more than 3,200 employees in 100 company offices in more than 30 countries. Domestically, C.H. Robinson’s North American surface transportation division provides full truckload, less than truckload, temperature controlled, flatbed, and intermodal freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies of all sizes, in a wide variety of industries.

“We signed our first lease for a Chicago-based freight consolidation facility 10 years ago, and that building was 30,000 square feet,” said Eric Shover, C.H. Robinson’s vice president of North America global forwarding. “The fact that we just leased a facility with 235,000 square feet speaks to the immense growth we’ve been able to achieve in Chicago over the past decade, and the aggressive plans we have for the future.”

The Des Plaines facility will also serve as C.H. Robinson’s in-house Transportation Security Administration 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. The TSA approved C.H. Robinson as a CCSF in April 2012. Since then, C.H. Robinson has provided a dedicated air freight screening team which ensures expeditious service to shippers. The facility will also be tied to Navisphere, the company’s global technology platform, allowing customers to track their freight before, during, and after the screening process.