Logistics & E-Commerce

Welcome to the Crossroads of America. Located in the heart of the Midwest, Northeast Indiana’s logistics companies provide services and goods to customers throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

Our logistics industry in the Fort Wayne area is strong and continues to grow with our businesses. Our top-tier businesses, such as Kroger, Sweetwater Sound, Walmart, and Family Dollar, all deliver goods from their Northeast Indiana–based distribution centers. 

If you’re ready to join our logistics industry, let us show you how our developed infrastructure can connect your business to the rest of the nation. 

We are only two hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.

The Crossroads of America

What makes our logistics industry stand out from the rest?

  1. Northeast Indiana’s location is prime for your business. Our area serves as a strategic distribution hub for businesses targeting the Great Lakes and Midwest. That means we are only two hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio.
  2. Our welcoming business climate and developed infrastructure make it easier for you to be successful. We have excess water, abundant natural resources, and interconnected highways to save business owners money and time. 
  3. Lastly, doing business in Northeast Indiana is more affordable too. Northeast Indiana is among the lowest-cost regions in the U.S. for serving national markets, ranking eighth in the country, according to Taimerica. Calculated costs for national distribution from Fort Wayne fall within 1 percent of the lowest cost center.

The Rankings Speak for Themselves

Here’s why we’re the Crossroads of America according to Indiana Logistics:

  • Indiana is ranked in the top five states in 25 logistics-related categories and in the top 10 for more than 100.
  • Indiana ranks first in pass-through interstates and rail shipments of primary metals, and is home to the nation’s largest producer of truck trailers.
  • The Hoosier state is also home to the median center of the U.S. population, and boasts the second-largest FedEx Express hub in the world, as well as the second-largest liquid barge fleet in the country.
  • Indiana also ranks third in line-haul railroads, fourth in truck-tractor registrations, sixth in domestic waterborne shipping, sixth in NAFTA exports, and seventh in individual cargo airport rankings.

Central Location to Major Markets

Here are highlights of the resilient infrastructure and transportation network that supports our logistics industry in Northeast Indiana:

Air service

Commercial Airports

Private Airports

Rail 

Transpoint Intermodal is constructing a $13.5 million cargo transfer facility in southeast Fort Wayne. First-phase capacity of the facility is projected to be roughly 150,000 containers annually, with room on-site for future expansion.  The facility will be served by the Genesee & Wyoming’s Class II freight line, and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017. 

Class I Freight Railroads

  • CSX operates an intermodal facility in North Baltimore, Ohio (less than 90 miles from Fort Wayne). CSX’s major east–west mainline from Chicago to the northeast passes directly through Auburn, Indiana.
  • Norfolk Southern operates intermodal facilities in Columbus, Ohio (160 miles east of Fort Wayne), and Chicago (160 miles west of Fort Wayne). Norfolk Southern’s main lines converge in Fort Wayne and connect to Chicago; Detroit; Cincinnati; Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Class II Freight Railroads

  • The Genesee & Wyoming Railroad runs from Crestline, Ohio (140 miles east of Fort Wayne), to Tolleston, Indiana (140 miles west of Fort Wayne).
  • Indiana Northeastern Railroad stretches nearly 130 miles, with major interchanges in Montpelier, Ohio (less than 60 miles from Fort Wayne), and Sturgis, Michigan (roughly 70 miles from Fort Wayne).

Road Access 

  • Interstate 69 runs south to north from Evansville to Indianapolis through Northeast Indiana to the Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan.
  • Interstate 80/90, also known as the Indiana Toll Road, is a tolled highway running east to west across the northernmost part of Indiana, which is also a part of the New York–Chicago toll-road system.

Education for the Future of the Logistics

Ivy Tech Community College is the nation’s largest statewide community college. Campuses around the region offer undergraduate courses in logistics, transportation, and international supply chain management. Ivy Tech Northeast provides the state’s Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training in Northeast Indiana and engages an advisory board that provides private industry demand-driven oversight of the programs.

Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) offers both undergraduate and graduate courses in logistics, business, and technology.

Want to learn more about higher education offerings in Northeast Indiana? From educational attainment data to international studies, we have the information you need to grow your business.

Logistics & E-Commerce - Employment and Wages

Source: EMSI 2017.2 Class of Worker, QCEW

Logistics & E-Commerce - Major Employers

Source: 2017.2 Community Research Institute at IPFW

How do you fit into Northeast Indiana’s logistics industry? Let us help you find your place. If you’re ready to consider doing business in Northeast Indiana, contact our offices today and we will find your business’ perfect fit.

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