Transportation & Warehousing

Indiana is known as the "Crossroads of America" because of its excellent road and rail transportation systems. This nickname is further exemplified by statistics highlighted within the 2015 Indiana Logistics Directory.  This directory ranks Indiana in the top 10 of over 100 separate logistics-related categories, and in the top 5 in 30 of those.

Some of the highlights of Indiana's top rankings include the following:
  • 1st in the number of pass-through interstates.
  • 1st in the shortest distance to median center of U.S. population.
  • 1st in rail tons of primary metals originated and terminated.
  • 2nd in linehaul railroads.
  • 2nd in rail tons of waste & scrap material terminated.
  • 2nd in shipments received via rail and water ton-mile.
  • 3rd in total freight railroads.
  • 3rd in local freight railroads.
  • 3rd in cargo value and tonnage shipped out via multiple waterways.
  • 3rd in truck tractor registrations. 
  • 4th in rail carloads carried.
  • 4th in long distance trucking companies.
  • 5th in Class I railroads.
  • 5th in switching/terminal railroads.
Due to Marshall County's central location within northern Indiana and superb access to all transportation networks, the county also has a competitive advantage for manufacturers and distributors when it comes to transportation and warehousing.
Below are just some of the advantages that Indiana and Marshall County boasts for the transportation and warehousing industries:
  • Indiana has central location within a day's drive of 80 percent of the United State's population 
  • Indiana has more than 11,000 total highway miles and is intersected by 14 interstate highways, which is more than any other state in the nation.
  • Seven state highways and three U.S. highways traverse Marshall County including U.S. 6, 30, and 31.
  • Four railroad companies have active lines within the county. 
  • One major passenger and cargo airport is located within a 45 minute drive - The South Bend International Airport.
  • Two major international airports are located within a 2 hour drive -  The Chicago O'Hare and Midway International Airports. 
Even though Marshall County has several locational advantages for the transportation and warehousing sector, there is not a large concentration of businesses or employment in these sectors.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), there were 34 businesses in the transportation and warehousing sector with a total of 223 jobs in 2014.  However, none of these businesses individually have a large number of employees.  The Lear Corporation, which manufactures automobile electric power management systems, has the largest warehousing distribution facility in the county.  No manufacturing occurs at this facility that currently has 60 full time employees (October 2014).  Other manufacturers throughout the county have warehousing facilities that are secondary to the manufacturing of products. 
The following table shows the top five occupations within the transportation and warehousing sectors and the average annual wages.  These occupations total just over 51% of all occupations within this sector. 
Transportation and Warehousing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2014
Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer
Truck drivers, light or delivery services
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand $26,690
Postal service mail carriers $49,520
Couriers and messengers $24,400
            Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
            * The data is for the northeast Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
            Marshall County.