When DHL ended domestic shipping and laid off 9,500 people back in November, 60 Minutes says it was losing $6 million a day. Now the people of Wilmington, Ohio are cleaning up the mess that DHL left and are wondering what’s next.
In 1980, Airborne Express turned Wilmington’s abandoned Air Force base into a hub for overnight shipping. Eight thousand people found work at what they call “the air park.” Then, in 2003 a German company, DHL, bought Airborne in an effort to win a big piece of the U.S. market. It didn’t work. The merger was rocky, there were service disruptions, and customers left in droves. With last fall’s economic crash, DHL was losing $6 million a day in the U.S.; layoffs started coming by the hundreds.
People who worked there for decades found themselves in DHL-sponsored meetings learning about unemployment.
Economic Storm Batters Ohio Town [60 Minutes]