Proximity & Accessibility

Indiana is known as the "Crossroads of America" due to our significant road and rail transportation systems. These vast systems make access to many major markets throughout the Midwest second to none.  
 
Market Proximity
 
Within a 200 mile radius of our county seat, Plymouth, Indiana, you will find over 35 million people and markets for your products and services. Regionally, Marshall County lies between Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit, which are three of the largest markets in the Midwest. Being so close to these markets, with less than a half day trip by truck, means that products move to the market quickly reducing inventories and increasing profit margins. Our strategic location between these markets also results in a significant savings in transportation costs. Furthermore, these major metropolitan areas provide transportation links to markets throughout North America and the entire world.  
 
Key Regional Markets within 300 Miles

Travel Time
Distance
  Population 
Milwaukee, WI
3 hours 15 minutes
 180 miles 
1,576,236
Madison, WI
4 hours 10 minutes
240 miles
654,230
Rockford, IL
3 hours 15 minutes
180 miles
338,291
Chicago, IL
2 hours
95 miles
9,533,040
Peoria, IL
4 hours
230 miles
372,427
Louisville, KY
3 hours 50 minutes
230 miles
1,293,953
Lexington, KY
5 hours
300 miles
512,650
Indianapolis, IN
2 hours 10 minutes
115 miles
2,028,614
Cincinnati, OH
3 hours 45 minutes
220 miles
2,179,082
Dayton, OH
3 hours 35 minutes
200 miles
803,416
Columbus, OH
4 hours 10 minutes
230 miles
2,078,725
Fort Wayne, IN
1 hour 10 minutes
70 miles
434,617
Cleveland, OH
4 hours 30 minutes
280 miles
2,058,844
Toledo, OH
3 hours
180 miles
603,668
Detroit, MI
4 hours
240 miles
4,313,002
Lansing, MI
3 hours
180 miles
477,656
Grand Rapids, MI
2 hours 20 minutes
140 miles
1,059,113
South Bend, IN
30 minutes
25 miles
321,815
   Total Population of Key Regional Markets 

30,639,379
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
 
 
Accessibility
 
The cost benefits of being so close to key markets is further amplified by our superb transportation networks including road, rail, and easy access to international ports.
 
      Roadways
  • Seven State Highways are located in the county including State Road 8, 10, 17, 106, 110, 117, and 331. 
  • Three U.S. Highways traverse the county including U.S. Hwy 6, 30, and 31.
    • U.S. Hwy 30 is a four lane divided highway. It is one of the major east-west corridors in northern Indiana. To the east, it continues to act as a major corridor as it extends through northern Ohio. To the west near Chicago, it intersects with Interstate 65 south of the Indiana Toll Road (I 80/90) and Interstate 94. Since U.S. Hwy 30 provides such a critical link between many rural areas in Ohio and Indiana to Chicago, it carries a large amount of truck traffic.
    • U.S. Hwy 31 is the main north-south corridor linking the Michiana region, which includes north central Indiana and the southwest part of Michigan, to Indianapolis to the south. A section of this roadway between U.S. Hwy 30 near Plymouth and U.S. Hwy 20 / St. Joseph Valley Parkway just south of South Bend was realigned and improved as a limited access highway opening in August 2014. Other sections of this roadway to the south will also be improved increasing the efficiencies and reducing travel times between South Bend and Indianapolis.
    • U.S. Hwy 6 is an east-west corridor traversing the northern part of Marshall County. This route is not as heavily used for transporting goods as U.S. Hwy 30 since it is a two-lane road.     
                    Click here for a Marshall County Google based map to view our key transportation links.        
                             
      Rail
  •  Four rail corridors are located in Marshall County.
    • CSX is a Class I freight railroad providing rail access across the northern part of the county into Chicago. This rail line runs adjacent to the Bremen Industrial Park, one of the largest industrial parks in the county.
    • Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad (CFER) is a short line freight railroad which leases tracks from CSX.  This rail line provides rail access across the central part of the county and goes through the south part of the City of Plymouth and the Town of Bourbon.
    • CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS) operate over 42,000 miles of track throughout 20 states east of the Mississippi River and into Canada.
    • The only north-south line in the county is the Elkhart & Western Railroad and Fulton County Railroad (EWR).  These lines are short Class III freight lines which run northwesterly toward Lake Michigan and the Port of Indiana. This line currently provides access to many existing industries in Plymouth and can potentially provide access to the large industrial area located northwest of Plymouth.    
 
                     
     
      Air
  • The South Bend International Airport is located approximately 20 miles to the north. 
    • One of only a few multi-modal transportation facilities in the U.S. providing air, interstate bus and interstate rail service.
    • State's third busiest commercial traffic airport after Indianapolis International and Fort Wayne International.
      • 305,491 passenger enplanements in 2017
    • Four air carriers including Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Connection, and United Express provide non-stop flights to 10 U.S. cities including Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.
    • State's second busiest cargo airport behind Indianapolis.
      • 23,764,379 pounds of cargo service in 2017
  • The Chicago O'Hare International Airport and the Chicago Midway International Airport are located within a couple hours drive of Plymouth.
      Seaports
  • The Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor is located on the south shore of Lake Michigan only an hour drive to the northwest.  
    • Gateway to the Midwest for international shippers.
    • Handles international ships via the Great Lakes connection to the Atlantic Ocean and barges via inland river links to 38 states and the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Annual traffic averages 500,000 trucks, 10,000 rail cars, 400 barges, and 100 ships.