Northeast Indiana Logistics Industry

  • Northeast Indiana serves as a strategic distribution hub for businesses distributing product to the Great Lakes/Midwest region, located approximately 2 hours from Indianapolis and 3 hours from Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Cincinnati.
  • Northeast Indiana is among the lowest cost regions in the U.S. for serving national markets, ranking 8th in the country according to Taimerica. Calculated costs for national distribution from Fort Wayne fall within one percent of the lowest cost center.
  • General Mills, Family Dollar, Kroger, Wal-Mart, and Sweetwater Sound have major distribution centers in the Fort Wayne region.
  • Served by two Class I freight railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern. Numerous Norfolk Southern main lines converge in Fort Wayne, connecting to Detroit, Chicago, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Kansas City and Toledo with a major east-west CSX main line from Chicago to the Northeast passing through Auburn, Indiana. Numerous Class III lines by Rail America and the Indiana Northeastern Railroad also serve the region. 
  • Fort Wayne is headquarters to Triple Crown, an affiliate with Norfolk Southern Corporation, which provides bimodal, truckload transportation services throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States and portions of Canada.

View the Transportation section for more information on transportation/logistics assets or view the Transportation Map.

Employment & Wages
Occupation 2015 NEI  Employment 2015 Avg. Hourly Wage 2015 National Avg. Hourly Earnings NEI/US
Office clerks, general
6,256 $12.60 $14.82 85.0%
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
6,070 $18.83 $20.16 93.4%
Laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand
6,028 $12.27 $13.07
Stock clerks and order fillers
4,499 $11.30 $12.20 92.6%
Industrial truck and tractor operators
3,494 $16.49 $16.02 102.9%
Light truck and tractor operators
$14.62 $16.28 89.8%
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists
1,110 $19.11 $21.71 88.0%
Driver/sales workers
1,044 $11.19 $13.33 84.9%
Machine feeders and offbearers
803 $15.24 $14.73 103.5%

Source: EMSI 2015.3 Class of Worker, QCEW

Major Employers
Company Product Employment in FTE
Kroger/Peyton’s Nothern
Food Warehousing and Distribution 1,050
Sweetwater Sound Sound Recording Studio and Equipment Distribution 850
Norfolk Southern Corp. Rail Transportation 542
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Food Warehousing and Distribution 450
Sirva Global Relocation and Moving Services 391
Family Dollar Distribution Center Warehousing and Distribution 353
UPS Package Processing for Ground and Air Delivery 323
Jack Cooper Transport Trucking 292
Specialized Transportation Inc. Trucking and Supply Chain Management 250
CSX Corp. Rail Transportation 200
Performance Food Group Food and Related Products Distribution 196
Ormsby Trucking Trucking 160
SuperValu Food Warehousing and Distribution 160
First Fleet Inc. Contract Hauling 150
Therma-Tru Distribution Center 135
Bostwick-Braun Hardware Distribution Center
JAT of Fort Wayne, Inc
Trucking 120
AG Plus
Grain Elevator
Evans Equipment Sales and Services
Buchanan Hauling and Ridding
Trucking 98

Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW

Header Image Courtesy of Norfolk Southern

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