Targeted Industry:  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

There is a very simple reason that approximately 6,100 logistics companies operate in the state of Indiana: Indiana is perfectly situated to support this industry.  Located in the center of the United States, Indiana has eight interstates that meet in the middle of the state – more than any other state in the country.  Here are some of the many reasons that transportation, distribution and logistics industries thrive in Indiana:
  • Seventy-five percent of the United States and Canadian populations live within one day’s drive time of the center of the state.  Many major metropolitan markets are within a half day’s drive, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville (TN), New York, Philadelphia, Richmond (VA), St. Louis, Toronto and Washington DC. 
  • In addition to the strong interstate infrastructure in the state, there are more than 11,000 total miles of state highway.  The roads are not only abundant, but also well-maintained.  With Indiana's Major Moves ten-year improvement program, Indiana has a $12 billion transportation plan in place to significantly improve and expand its highway and infrastructure, without increasing taxes.  Two of the largest projects within this plan will significantly improve the infrastructure near and in IMPA’s Member communities. Construction of I-69 throughout southwest Indiana is underway and major improvements to Highway 31 will improve traffic patterns in the north-central region of the state.  See Major Moves map.
  • As fuel prices fluctuate and rise, it is increasingly important to many distribution and logistics companies to have an alternative means to deliver products.  Indiana has over 4,165 miles of active railway tracks, ranking Indiana in the top ten states with this mode of transportation.  Click here to see a map of the Indiana railroads. There are three international airports in Indiana, the largest of which is the Indianapolis International Airport – home to the second largest Fed-Ex hub in the United States.  The Indianapolis International Airport is also the eighth largest cargo airport in North America. 
  • Airport access has helped IMPA members attract international companies to their service territories because executives are able to fly into the community easily.  Airports are located throughout the state of Indiana and in and around many IMPA communities.  IMPA communities containing airports with public access include:
    1. Anderson Municipal Airport
    2. Crawfordsville Municipal Airport
    3. Frankfort Clinton County Airport
    4. Greenfield – Pope Field Airport
    5. Huntingburg Airport
    6. Lebanon Boone Co Airport
    7. Paoli Municipal Airport
    8. Peru Mississinewa Airport
    9. Peru Municipal Airport (largest runway in Indiana with Grissom ARB)
    10. Rensselaer – Jasper County Airport
    11. Richmond Municipal Airport
    12. Scottsburg Municipal Airport
    13. Tell City – Perry County Municipal Airport
    14. Washington-Daviess County Airport
    15. Winamac – Arens Field
  • Airport Access has helped IMPA Members attract international companies to their service territories because executives are able to fly into the community easily.
  • Workforce is also critical to the industry.  Indiana is home to world-renowned institutes of higher education.  Indiana University, Notre Dame University and Purdue University are merely three of Indiana’s exceptional higher education institutions, educating people from around the world.  Indiana also has a strong community college network in Ivy Tech.  Ivy Tech’s presence spans across the state, and the college works closely with local employers to make sure that they are receiving the type of skills and training the local workforce needs.  IMPA Members, Anderson, Crawfordsville, Frankfort, Richmond, Lawrenceburg and Tell City all have an Ivy Tech presence in the municipality.  Click here for a full list of public education institutes in Indiana.
  • Indiana has a low-cost, pro-business environment.  When compared to other states, Indiana’s cost of doing business is always very competitive.  This is true not only with taxes, but also with workers’ compensation rates, unemployment rates, and utility rates in the state.  IMPA offers its Member communities the lowest wholesale electric power rates in the State of Indiana. 
  • Indiana has also developed Conexus Indiana, an initiative to capitalize upon emerging opportunities in advanced manufacturing and logistics.  One of its primary focuses is upon workforce development.  According to Conexus, it is estimated that the logistics industry accounts for approximately 250,000 jobs throughout the state of Indiana.  See Conexus website.
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