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DHL coming to CVG

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) - DHL Express said Friday it has decided to move U.S. hub operations for its international business to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Company spokesman Jonathan Baker confirmed the move, after word leaked out following an announcement to employees Thursday night at Wilmington's DHL Air Park.

The Wilmington News-Journal reported the announcement earlier Friday. Baker said DHL would reactivate its fully automated sorting facility at the airport just south of Cincinnati in northern Kentucky. DHL used the facility from 1983 until its move to Ohio in 2005.

DHL had used the Cincinnati airport as its main sorting hub. The pullout from Wilmington had been expected to eliminate about 8,000 jobs from the southwest Ohio community of some 12,000 residents.

Wilmington has drawn national attention as an example of the economic struggles of small U.S. communities during the recession. Baker said Friday DHL already has 200 employees in northern Kentucky and expects to add some 180 full-time positions and 650 part-time jobs there. He said all current and former Wilmington Air Park employees are encouraged to apply.

The airport in Hebron, Ky., is more than 50 miles southwest of Wilmington.

The company expects transition of shipping work from Wilmington to the Cincinnati-area airport to be complete by mid- to late summer. DHL said in a statement that the move "will be more cost-effective for handling the company's international express shipping volumes, and is expected to improve DHL's long-term financial position."

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