MIC Cargo, a portfolio company of Inoa Ventures Management has launched a 24×7 import-only air cargo facility in Des Plaines, Illinois, just three miles from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
The facility measures 164,000 sq ft and has sixteen dock doors and two ramps. It uses CargoSprint’s SprintPass allowing truckers to make a reservation to pick up cargo.
MIC Cargo CEO Edip Pektas said, “The cargo growth at O’Hare required us to take action. Our solution is two-fold; a larger footprint and a dedicated team of supervisors, managers and employees working tirelessly for our customers.”
Pektas praised the partnership with the city of Des Plaines in expediting the building’s construction and their ability to quickly gain occupancy.
“Our goal was to alleviate the congestion at our on-airport facility because our stakeholders – airline customers and the truckers, forwarders and customs brokers who represent the shippers – deserve a quality service at a time when supply chains worldwide are strained to the point of breaking,” Pektas added.
Edip Pektas further shared the future plans for the building which include additional dock doors, an automated roller bed system and racking for thousands of pallets with automated retrieval capabilities.
With the exception of one airline customer, all shipper-built pallets and ULDs will be sent to Sherwin Avenue for recovery. All pharmaceutical cargo will remain at the company’s on-airport facility at 837 Patton Drive, GDP-certified pharma cooler.
“Air cargo arriving at O’Hare, either from an international passenger flight at Terminal 5 or a freighter arriving at our on-airport apron, is immediately transferred by roller bed truck to Sherwin Avenue,” said MIC Cargo Chief Operating Officer Rafal Rapacz.
“We have made it our goal to have import cargo available eight to ten hours after a flight arrives.”