Distribution & 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 top-tier businesses, such as Sweetwater Sound, Amazon, Kroger, Walmart, FedEx and Family Dollar, all deliver goods to customers and stores from their Northeast Indiana–based distribution centers. Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne's developed infrastructure can connect your business to the rest of the nation.

“From our standpoint, Northeast Indiana offers a great location for prospective shippers, with a quality workforce, friendly business climate and easy access to direct rail-served sites on NS.  Nearby Norfolk Southern Intermodal options exist in both Chicago and Toledo.  The recently completed U.S. 24 highway project between Northeast Indiana and Toledo provides an attractive option for Northeast Indiana companies seeking NS intermodal access to the New York/New Jersey market available in Toledo.” - Chris Luebbers of Norfolk Southern

Top Facts about the Distribution and E-Commerce Industry in Northeast Indiana

  1. BizFTZ is the Foreign Trade Zone program that operates in Northeast Indiana. Any company within this area can apply to be a FTZ Operator allowing it to defer, or even avoid, payment of import duties and often enjoy a lower tariff rate
  2. There are more than 630 establishments in the region in the transportation and logistics sector, employing over 10,600 workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
  3. Fort Wayne International Airport has 14 non-stop destinations, serving the economic needs of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.
  4. Locating in Indiana means access to more than 80% of the U.S. population within a 24-hour drive time. 

Distribution and E-Commerce Talent

  1. Ivy Tech Northeast provides the state’s 160-hour Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training and engages an advisory board that provides private industry demand-driven oversight of the programs.
  2. The FWCS Career Academy serves Northeast Indiana, including 17 high schools, with a broad array of career and technical programs.
  3. Northeast Indiana has more than 630 establishments in the transportation and logistics sector, employing more than 10,600 workers.
  4. There are more than 200,000 graduates from Tier 1 and Tier 2 universities within 200 miles of the region.

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Distribution & E-Commerce - Major Employers

Source: Development Counsellors International (DCI), 2021

Distribution & E-Commerce - Employment and Wages

Source: Emsi 2021

Central Location to Major Markets

Northeast Indiana and Fort Wayne's resilient infrastructure and transportation network supports the region's logistics industry and connects businesses to more than 80% of the nation's population within a 24-hour drive.

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Transpoint Intermodal constructed a $13.5 million cargo transfer facility in southeast Fort Wayne. The facility is served by the Genesee & Wyoming’s Class II freight line.

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.

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