ABX Air is eliminating some 1,900 positions as a result of significant changes being implemented by one of its principal customers, DHL.
DHL announced in November that it would discontinue the majority of its United States domestic express package operations and would be closing its sorting operations in the United States. With the loss of one of its major clients, ABX is being forced to lay off workers in every department of the company, including some 1,000 at its headquarters in Wilmington, Ohio.
DHL also notified ABX Air that it would no longer require the use of ABX Air’s DC-9 aircraft after January 2009.
The repercussions of DHL’s decision to withdraw from the U.S. domestic shipping market continue to hit hard across Ohio, where the company operates numerous facilities. In addition to the 7,000-plus jobs being eliminated as a result of the company closing its hub in Wilmington, 230 jobs are being cut with the closing of facilities in Beachwood and Strongsville and another 69 people are being laid off with the closing of a package delivery station in Sharonville.