A Dutch firm with its U.S. base in Marietta has landed a contract to design and install a new baggage-handling system for Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Vanderlande Industries, based in Veghel, Netherlands, counts Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc. as a one of its major customers.

Delta is remodeling Terminal 4 and demolishing Terminal 3 at JFK in a move to modernize one of its main hubs for international flights. The $1.2 billion project is slated for completion in 2013, according to news reports.

The Vanderlande system has the capacity to move 6,500 bags per hour.

Vanderlande is one of the largest providers of baggage-handling systems in the world, with revenues of 600 million euros (or about $870 million).

The company chose metro Atlanta for its U.S. headquarters in the 1990s for proximity to Delta and United Parcel Service Inc. and the ease of travel through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Company leaders told GlobalAtlanta in October that the company is expanding into Latin America from its Marietta bas.

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