The California online company iHerb told Northern Kentucky economic development officials that it chose to establish a regional headquarters in Hebron three years ago because of the operations and logistics provided by DHL's superhub. iHerb ships its herbal supplements all over the world.
Boone County Judge Executive Gary Moore, also the Chair of Northern Kentucky Tri-Ed, knows iHerb wasn't the first company, and won't be the last, lured to Northern Kentucky because of DHL. At a news conference celebrating the global logistics company's latest $108 million expansion, he said there are other commercial real estate opportunities for companies wanting to be close to DHL.
Moore mentioned plans to extend Wendall Ford Blvd. to Aero Parkway, opening up hundreds of acres for development.
Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann agreed DHL is a great selling point. "We're international and I think that is something to be proud of and I think that also helps draw in other individuals who want to live here and maybe have businesses that aren't even connected to the airport or maybe connected to DHL. So, you get this multiplier effect."
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear called it "steady growth" and said it presents opportunity for the future.
DHL doesn't show any signs of slowing down, having expanded eight times since it opened up international operations in 2009 and investing $300 million.
International e-commerce is one factor in the future growth that DHL anticipates.