Gov. Tom Wolf helped to cut the ribbon on the new Southport auto processing facility, where new Hyundai, Kia and Genesis cars will arrive before they're shipped off to dealerships.
The mayor's labor liaison, Rich Lazer, said thousands of new jobs are being created.
"The ILA (International Longshoremen's Association) unloads the cars off of the ships, as you can see out here on the piers. And then the Teamsters take the cars, they bring them into this facility. They fix any scratches or dents that may be on them, they prepare them. Then after that they get on the car trucks to be put all over the East Coast," he explained.
"This facility today gives us the infrastructure to ramp up our competitiveness to grow jobs and to grow revenues for both the Commonwealth and the City of Philadelphia," Sweeney said.
Sweeney said plans for a rail connection at the facility will help the port expand business even more.