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 2013 NEI  Employment  Avg. Hourly Wage  National Avg. Hourly Earnings NEI/US
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 5,725 $19.72 $19.40 101.6%
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 4,585 $12.29 $12.70 96.8%
Industrial truck and tractor operators 2,999 $15.79 $15.43 102.3%
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 2,532 $13.22 $14.76 89.6%
Packers and packagers, hand 2,099 $11.00 $10.80 101.9%
Light truck or delivery services drivers 1,644 $15.58 $16.32 95.5%
Machine feeders and offbearers 736 $13.96 $13.79 101.2%
First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators 655 $26.34 $26.65 98.8%
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 481 $21.64 $22.69 95.4%

Source: EMSI 2014.2 Class of Worker, QCEW


Major Employers
Company Product Employment in FTE
Kroger/Peyton’s Food Warehousing and Distribution 1,050
Norfolk Southern Corp. Rail Transportation 784
Sweetwater Sound Sound Recording Studio and Equipment Distribution 700
Wal-Mart Distribution Center Food Warehousing and Distribution 450
Sirva Global Relocation and Moving Services 385
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
Buchanan Hauling and Rigging Trucking 100
Brothers Express Inc. Trucking 99
Exel Food Warehousing and Distribution 98
Five Star Distributing Beer Distribution 91
Fischer Trucking Inc. Trucking 89

Source: Community Research Institute at IPFW


Header Image Courtesy of Norfolk Southern

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