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January 2, 2018 3:00 PM, EST
DHL, Campbell Soup Generate New Jobs in North Carolina
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DHL Supply Chain and Campbell Soup Co. will deliver a gift to warehouse workers in North Carolina: 140 new jobs.

The third-party logistics firm and the legendary soup maker will invest more than $40 million to construct a 627,000-square-foot distribution center in Fayetteville, N.C.

In addition to 140 full-time jobs, DHL expects to create 55 part-time jobs to operate the distribution and logistics center.

“North Carolina’s Cumberland County is the ideal place to expand our partnership with Campbell Soup Company through a new distribution center,” said Franklin Littleton, president of DHL’s consumer sector. “We’ve been fortunate to work with Campbell’s since 2013, and see this as the next step on our collaborative journey to improve the company’s supply chain bandwidth and deliver real food that matters for life’s moments.”

“Enhancing our distribution capabilities is the most effective and efficient way to meet dynamic customer and consumer needs today and in the future,” said Robert Furbee, senior vice president of global supply chain at Campbell. “The combination of partnering with an expert like DHL Supply Chain and Fayetteville’s proximity to major rail and truck transportation hubs helps us quickly advance that strategy.”

To help fund the project, the state kicked in a five-year $200,000 grant on the conditions that neither company receives the money upfront and they meet specific job creation and capital investment targets.

“DHL and Campbell’s are bringing a total of 195 new jobs to the people of Cumberland County,” North Carolina State Representative John Szoka said. “I know our community has a high-quality workforce ready for this great opportunity. Good corporate partners like DHL’s and Campbell’s are essential to our shared economic success.”

In September 2017, DHL and Campbell opened a 578,000-square-foot distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas, creating 120 new jobs.

DHL Supply Chain ranks No. 4 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America.