DHL laying off 188 in area

January 08, 2009|By Lorraine Mirabella

Shipping company DHL Express is laying off 188 workers in the Baltimore area, according to a notice filed with the state's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

A DHL spokesman said yesterday the company will close two pickup and delivery centers next week, one in Linthicum and one in Hunt Valley, as part of the parent company's plan to discontinue domestic-only air and ground services. That leaves the company with one pickup-and-delivery center in the region, near Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

DHL, which is focusing on its international shipping business, opened the $1.6 million airport facility in September 2007. At the time, it employed about 30 people, including couriers, administrative staff, managers, and sales and security personnel.

The DHL spokesman, Robert Mintz, could not confirm the number of jobs affected by the consolidation or how many people the company employs in the region. The notice given to the state indicated that layoffs will affect or have affected 123 workers in Baltimore and another 65 in Hunt Valley.

DHL is owned by German mail and logistics group Deutsche Post, which said in November that it planned to cut 9,500 U.S. jobs in a restructuring. By announcing the move, DHL largely ceded the U.S. shipping market to rivals FedEx and United Parcel Service as the express packaging business has suffered during the recession.

DHL, which is based in Plantation, Fla., said then it would close its U.S. Express ground hubs and reduce the number of stations from 412 to 103. These job cuts come on top of the 5,400 positions DHL has eliminated since January. After the layoffs, DHL Express said it will employ about 30,000 people in its American operations, which support its international network.

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