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 2017 Indiana Logistics Directory. This directory ranks Indiana in the top 10 of 100 separate logistics-related categories, and in the top 5 in 27 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 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 number of local linehaul railroads
  • 4th in switching/terminal railroads
  • 5th in Class I railroads
  • 5th in NAFTA trade value by rail
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. Hwy 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 39 businesses in the truck transportation sector in 2017. The following table shows the top five occupations within the transportation and warehousing sectors and the average annual wages. These occupations total approximately 44% of all occupations within this sector.

Transportation and Warehousing Top Occupations
Average Annual Wages* - May 2017
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand
Postal service mail carriers
Light truck or delivery services drivers
Bus drivers, school or special client
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics
* The data is for the northern Indiana area non-metropolitan area, which includes
Marshall County.
According to 2017 QCEW data, the total number of jobs in all occupations in this sector is 357 with an average annual wage of $49,743.