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Logistics & Warehousing in East Central Indiana

Major Employers
Wal-Mart Distribution Center
Dollar General Distribution Center
Dunham’s Distribution Center
Conway Freight National OTR trucking company
TSN Distribution Convienence store distributor
DOT Foods Food re-distributor
Carter Express Inc General freight trucking
Tractor Supply Company Distribution Center
Fraley & Schilling Trucking & Logistics



• Indiana has an extensive network of major roadways including 14 interstate highways that provide 1,100 miles of expressways across the state.
• With 60 percent of the U.S. population within a day’s drive, Indiana is well positioned for logistics success.
• East Central Indiana is served by three major interstate highways, I-69 (North/South), I-74 (East/West), and I-70 (East/West).
• When it comes to moving freight, East Central Indiana has a distinct cost advantage. An impressive grid of highway connections provides quick access to Interstates I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74, I-75 and I-465.


• Indiana ranks 10th in the country in the number of trucking establishments.
• Trucks annually haul more than 5.7 billion tons of cargo for Indiana, including a high volume of NAFTA trade.

Trucking establishments in East Central Indiana include:
• Fraley & Schilling, Inc., Rushville
• Carter Express, Anderson
• Gotcha Transport, Inc., Muncie
• OJC Trucking, Hartford City
• Reece Transport Exp. Inc., Richmond
• LT Truck & Trailer Sales, Modoc
• RG Transport, Elwood
• Thornburg Brothers Trucking, Modoc
• DSE Truckload, Daleville


Indiana has a strategic advantage located at the crossroads of America’s 139,500 mile rail network.  It ranks third in the nation with 42 railroads, including five major Class I lines.  Additional regional, local and switching railroads serve smaller communities, manufacturing plants and terminals.

Class I Railroads Serving East Central Indiana:

Norfolk Southern
Dayne Tate
Industrial Development Manager
(317) 819-7672

Adam Hess
Industrial Development Manager
(317) 267-4981

Regional Railroads Serving East Central Indiana

  • Wabash Central
  • U.S. Rail Corporation
  • Central Railroad Co. of Indianapolis
  • Indiana Creek Railroad Co
  • Central Indiana & Western Railroad
  • C & NC Railroad
  • Indiana Eastern


• Indiana has 405 commercial and private airports
• Indiana has the second largest FedEx Express air hub in the world located at the Indianapolis International Airport
• The East Central Indiana region is within easy reach of air cargo connections in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Dayton, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Primary Airports serving East Central Indiana: More than 10,000 airline passenger enplanements

Regional General Aviation Airports serving East Central Indiana:  10 annual domestic flights over 500 miles, 1,000 annual instrument operations and one based jet or 100 or more based aircrafts

Local General Aviation Airports:  Serves local/regional markets. 10 or more annual instrument operations and 15 or more based aircrafts OR annual passenger boarding’s of 2,500 or more (usually not scheduled service but charter).


Basic/Uncategorized: Often serves critical aeronautical functions within local and regional markets. 10 or more based aircraft OR 30 or more miles from the nearest NPIAS airport OR critical community service provided by a Federal service Or a new airport or replacement facility after Jan 1, 2001.



• With over 400 miles of coastline on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, Indiana’s ports are well connected to the country’s two largest inland waterway systems – the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway and Inland Waterways System (Ohio-Mississippi Rivers) –  which provide access to world markets through the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
• Indiana has 3 major ports including: Burns Harbor, Mount Vernon, and Jeffersonville.

Rich Cooper
Ports of Indiana

Sources: 2017 Indiana Logistics Directory, Ports of Indiana

Foreign-Trade Zone Program

The Foreign-Trade Zone program is a federal trade incentive program that helps companies based in the United States “level the playing field” in the global economy by reducing logistical costs and improving supply chain management.  The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) was issued a “grant of authority” on September 28, 1981, from the Foreign-Trade Zone Board, Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. At this time, the IAA became the “grantee” for Central Indiana and was assigned the designation of FTZ #72. INzone (also known as the Greater Indianapolis Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc.) was created as a not-for-profit 501c6 to assist businesses in Central Indiana gain access to the FTZ program.  INzone’s service area for Central Indiana has been approved for Alternative Site Framework (ASF) program. ASF gives INzone the following:

• Ability to designate via simplified and rapid minor boundary modification actions. Significant reduction in application time.
• Reduced costs to become designated.
• Faster return on investment (ROI) for businesses.
• Creates employment opportunities.
• Cut costs, without cutting jobs.
• Enhanced its ability to respond quickly to evolving FTZ related needs of community.

Anita Ford
Facilities & Operations Coordinator


BizFTZ is Foreign Trade Zone #182, covering Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Randolph, Wabash, Wells, Whitley, Counties in Indiana. Businesses in these counties that import and/or export can take advantage of the new Alternative Site Framework (ASF) program. This program streamlines the application process, reduces cost of entry for participants and provides additional efficiencies.   Any company within this area can apply to be a FTZ Operator allowing it to defer, or even avoid, payment of import duties and often enjoy a lower tariff rate. Restrictions, limitations and regulations regarding how much merchandise can be brought into the country are eased or eliminated as long as the merchandise remains in the FTZ.

200 East Berry Street, Room 320
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802