Nippon Express USA (NEUSA), Inc, a subsidiary of Nippon Express Co, has completed the construction of the Chicago Logistics Center in Wood Dale, Illinois. The Japanese import/export firm said the new 317,513-square-foot facility, which includes 283,819 square feet of warehouse space and 33,594 square feet of office space, located at 800 North Route 83, will serve the automotive industry. The facility will also serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters, with Nippon Express USA (NEUSA) relocating its headquarters from Long Island City, New York. The newly opened Wood Dale location will be capable of meeting the diverse needs of automotive-related customers, including incidental operations such as repacking and inspections as well as cross-docking.
NEUSA is looking to pair this new location with another large-scale Nippon Express facility already operating near O’Hare International Airport to strengthen the logistics functions and expand the business of its most important hub in the Midwest. The environs of Chicago, Illinois, constitute a key logistics junction encompassing Chicago O’Hare International Airport, a gateway for air cargo in the U.S., as well as the Port of Chicago, a major collection center for ocean cargo containers.
The automobile industry has built up a concentration of facilities in nearby states such as Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and, with companies from various sectors of the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industry also setting up operations in this same area, warehouse demand is expected to rise. NEUSA will be devoting particular efforts to upgrading its nationwide logistics functions to serve the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, positioned as priority industries in the Nippon Express Group’s Corporate Strategy, and further contributing to its customers’ business activities. NEUSA began construction for the new facility in October, and it will officially open for business on the first of April.