DACHSER opens new logistics center in Freiburg
This weekend, logistics provider DACHSER held a ceremony to mark the opening of its new logistics center on the Breisgau industrial park in Freiburg, Germany. Covering a total area of 20,000 square feet, the new facility houses a transit terminal with 82 docking bays as well as a two-story office building. The company invested around EUR 22 million in the location, where it is also creating 30 new jobs.
Construction work on the approximately 214,000 area of land on the Breisgau industrial park began in summer 2018. Now, a year later, DACHSER can commence operations at the new logistics center. DACHSER opened its first Freiburg branch in 1984. It was clear from the outset that, due to its proximity to several national borders, the city was the ideal location for a logistics hub to handle groupage transports to Switzerland, France, and southwestern Germany. The existing branch in Freiburg-Hochdorf grew steadily and has now reached the limit of its capacity. Sited to the southwest of Freiburg, the new logistics center offers ideal operating conditions as well as opportunities for expansion in the future.
For DACHSER, the new facility’s location, technical infrastructure, human resources, capacity, and expansion potential together form an important building block for growth in Europe and for further strengthening the network.Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics, DACHSER
The opening ceremony took place this weekend. Around hundreds guests accepted the invitation to attend the event in the Breisgau business park. “Located directly on the A5 highway, the new facility has excellent connections to three countries: Germany, France, and Switzerland. For DACHSER, the new facility’s location, technical infrastructure, human resources, capacity, and expansion potential together form an important building block for growth in Europe and for further strengthening the network,” said Michael Schilling, COO Road Logistics at DACHSER, in his speech on the outstanding strategic role that Freiburg plays for Dachser.
Good logistics needs good employees
As things stand, the 160 DACHSER employees in Freiburg handle 260,000 metric tons of industrial goods a year—and the volume is increasing. “When it comes to our continued growth in Freiburg, one thing is clear: good logistics needs good employees. That’s why, in addition to the 30 newly created roles, I’m delighted that nine new apprentices will be joining us as our new logistics center begins operations,” says Michael Gaudlitz, General Manager DACHSER Logistics Centre Freiburg. The apprentices will be embarking on their training to become warehouse specialists, professional drivers, and forwarding and logistics specialists, while some will be completing the practical element of a dual-study program at Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Lörrach. “By deciding to pursue an apprenticeship in logistics, they’ve chosen an occupation with future prospects,” Gaudlitz says. DACHSER is strongly committed to nurturing young talent and usually hires those who successfully complete their training at the company.