Uber Freight Jobs Arrive In Chicago

Craig Dellimore
September 09, 2019 - 4:56 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO/AP) -- Uber, best known as a ride-sharing company, is growing its freight business with a huge footprint at the Old Post Office building development.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the planned headquarters for Uber Freight will occupy 463,000 square feet in what’s turning into a hot office property. Its lease is for 10 years.

Uber already has a significant presence in the city. It has about 1,300 workers in Chicago, some with the ride-hailing unit, but most working on Freight.

Uber Freight uses the company's app technology to link shippers with trucking firms, with Uber getting a fee in return.

The unit had been divided between San Francisco and Chicago. Uber wanted to consolidate it in Chicago because of the transportation logistics expertise in the area.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot applauded the prospects, but adds that she wants to see jobs there go to a true cross-section of the city’s population.

Kosrowshahi said the company will add some 2,000 jobs over the next three years. Uber said it plans to spend over $200 million a year in the Chicago region on personnel, real estate and other expenses.

"Chicago is the heart of American's transportation and logistics industry, and there is no better place to open our dedicated Freight HQ," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

The Chicago expansion is part of Uber's broader move to branch out into several "talent hubs," said spokesman Xavier Van Chau.

Last month the company announced it would open a new administrative hub in Dallas that will bring 3,000 jobs. It's also expanding in Toronto, he said.

Other tenants at the once-abandoned Post Office building include Walgreens, Ferrarra Candy, Pepsico and WeWork.

(WBBM Newsradio and The Associated Press contributed to this copy.)