If you’re looking for a new location for a Midwest distribution center and fulfillment center, look no further than Indianapolis, Indiana—the Crossroads of America—a location that offers significant advantages for your logistics and distribution operations. Indianapolis’ central location provides ready access to national and international highways, allowing you to reach 75 percent of United States and Canadian populations in less than two days. Paired with a strategically located West Coast distribution center or warehouse, you can reach nearly 95 percent of the US population within two days.
Indianapolis’ central location provides ready access to national and international highways, allowing you to reach 75 percent of United States and Canadian populations in less than two days.
Indiana’s unique logistical advantage
Indiana is a great place for a Midwest warehouse and logistics hub. With access to several major interstates, a large rail network, three ports and 117 public use aviation facilities, the state ranks highly in a variety of categories, including:
- 1st in the nation in pass through highways, with five major interstates running and intersecting in the state including I-65, I-70, I-74 and I-69
- 1st in the nation in infrastructure (with a $10 billion investment in transportation enhancements)
- 9th in the nation for total rail miles
- 11th in the nation for waterborne cargo traffic, with 400 miles of waterways navigable by cargo vessels and 3 ports
- 8th largest air cargo facility at Indianapolis International Airport
- 2nd largest FedEx hub in the world
Indianapolis is also in close proximity to two major logistics hubs:
- Less than 3 hours to Chicago, the largest rail hub in the US, the city with the highest number of transportation providers in the country and the 3rd largest intermodal container and trailer port in the world
- Less than 2 hours to the UPS Worldport Air Hub in Louisville, KY., the fourth-busiest cargo airport in the world, and the second busiest in the United States
In order to continue to improve the transportation and logistics sector in Indiana, the state has invested $10 billion over ten years in transportation enhancement plans like the Major Moves project. These plans aim to create 400 miles of new highways, dozens of bridge projects and other transportation infrastructure expansions. Additionally, the Indiana Railroad Company has partnered with the Canadian National Railway in a long-term partnership to give Indiana companies access to a secure network of rail lines with the potential to reduce transit times by eight to 10 days for imports from Asia-Pacific. With the consistent improvements for the logistics industry in Indiana, there’s almost no reason not to have a Midwest distribution center and logistics hub there!
In order to continue to improve the transportation and logistics sector in Indiana, the state has invested $10 billion over ten years in transportation enhancement plans.
A great state for doing business
In addition to the major transportation improvement plans, Indiana is a great state to run a business with a lower cost of living and property tax ranking than the rest of the Midwest, as well as a great overall tax climate. Indiana also offers:
- No inventory or franchise taxes
- No tax on most business services
- The #1 business climate in the Midwest and #5 in the Nation
- A regional workforce of over one million people
The state has invested heavily in economic development with free education and training in high-demand fields through its Next Level Jobs program. This program offers free job training to local residents in Indiana’s in-demand industries such as manufacturing, building and construction, health and life sciences, IT and business services, and transportation and logistics. It will also provide reimbursements of up to $50,000 for Indiana employers that train employees in these fields, paving the way for extensive future economic growth.
Indianapolis offers a great quality of life
In addition to being the perfect spot for a logistics hub, Indianapolis is also a great place to live. Often described as a big city with a small-town feel, it offers a low unemployment rate, an affordable cost of living, an exciting sports scene (home to six professional sports teams and of course, the Indy 500), and is the home of an innovative food scene with a variety of craft breweries and distilleries. Learn more about what there is to do in Indy.
Learn more about the ITS Logistics Indianapolis Location
Our Indianapolis 3PL is strategically located in Whitestown, Indiana. It offers the ideal location for a Midwest distribution center and is the perfect complement to our West Coast distribution center in Reno, NV and our Southern distribution center in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX. With over 3 million square feet across all of our distribution facilities and a knowledgeable team of distribution, fulfillment and warehousing experts, we can offer you a unique nationwide solution that will help you grow your business. Give us a call to learn how we can help you with your supply chain needs today.
- Indy Partnership, Indianapolis Region Logistics
- Conexus Indiana, Moving Indiana: State of the Logistics Industry 2020 Report