In town last week, Airforwarders Association Executive Director Brandon Fried toured MIC Cargo’s 837 Patton and 1600 Sherwin Avenue facilities to learn how MIC Cargo differentiates itself from our competitors at O’Hare.

This year, MIC Cargo became a member of The Airforwarders Association, a Washington-based trade association representing the interests of companies throughout the air cargo supply chain. Along with ourselves, the AfA’s roster includes many of our airline and freight forwarder clients and the truckers and vendors who visit our facilities daily or provide goods and services to MIC and others.

Guided by Mike Oslansky, Brandon toured our GDP-certified cooler, the only one of its kind in Chicago. He learned how MIC Cargo is helping our airline customers like Emirates SkyCargo ensure chain of custody for their Emirates Pharma shipments while also providing short-term storage and pharmaceutical packaging and handling services for forwarders and shippers, including for cargo departing on carriers besides those we handle.

Brandon Fried and Mike standing in our GDP-certified pharma cooler.

He saw and heard how MIC Cargo has expanded to nearly 400 employees right now across our four facilities. After touring the ramp to see one of our multiple weekly Suparna Airlines freighters on the ramp, Brandon visited our new, 164,000 square foot facility just two miles away in Des Plaines where nearly all arriving import cargo is transferred directly from arriving aircraft.

The facility, which we took occupancy of and opened this summer, is continuously improving processes and shortening recovery times. We shared with Brandon how cargo ebbs and flows throughout the week and our goal is to work with the local air cargo community to recover freight seven days a week, preventing long queues in the early part of the week after a weekend of flight arrivals.

The facility was delivered to us with seventeen dock doors, the minimum required. We are currently in the process of finalizing permits to more than double that count to thirty-five doors. We utilize PayCargo and CargoSprint to allow our customers to pay charges in advance and schedule pickups to minimize congestion and bunching trucks for those import pickups.

Overall, Brandon came away impressed. He visits members in every major gateway in America and remarked that we are unique in our approach and our plans for continuous improvement and advancement to make MIC Cargo the default choice for airlines and others utilizing O’Hare Airport.

As O’Hare’s newest ground handling entrant, we have moved quickly to become the second second largest and don’t plan to stop until we’re in first, and even then will continue to focus on distancing ourselves from our competition.