Ohio made a direct appeal on Monday, June 16, to Deutsche Post World Net, the German owner of cargo delivery company DHL, to reconsider the proposed hiring of United Parcel Service for U.S. cargo flying that could wipe out more than 6,000 jobs at DHL's cargo hub at Wilmington, Ohio.
Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said he also encouraged Frank Appel, the chief executive officer and board chairman of Deutsche Post, to consider alternatives to spare the Wilmington jobs which depend on the U.S. cargo flying that carriers ABX Air and ASTAR Air Cargo now do for DHL from that city. Fisher said he and Appel spoke for about 30 minutes by telephone, but that Appel was noncommittal.
"The good news was that he did say that he would be willing to explore other options," Fisher said after speaking with Appel, who is based in Bonn, Germany. "But he also made it clear that they still have every intention of moving forward with the UPS transaction."
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