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A 21st Century Infrastructure to Transport and Travel Worldwide

Ohio Infrastructure Cargo Plane

The successful economies of tomorrow require quality infrastructure that support supply chains, facilitate communication and connect businesses to reliable and affordable energy sources. Thanks to investments in transportation, digital technology and trade, Ohio hosts the dependable infrastructure global businesses require.

Ohio is a well-established base for companies moving goods around the globe, being just a one-day drive from more than 60 percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations. Major cities including Chicago, New York City and Toronto are easily accessible via air, rail and road. Among the nation’s leaders for trucking and storing goods, Ohio’s north coast on Lake Erie includes a groundbreaking shipping service linking the Industrial Midwest, the Port of Toledo and the Great Lakes to Europe.

In addition, digital infrastructure critical to global commerce spans the state, offering networks access to speeds of up to 100Gbps, creating a gateway for better operations and communication. Most of all, Ohio has a connected digital network covering the state that links government, universities and businesses, creating opportunities for research.

Ohio’s infrastructure provides cheap, reliable energy. Eleven natural gas-fired power plants fueled from the region’s Marcellus and Utica shale formations are coming online, providing a cleaner, more affordable power source for generations to come.

Ohio is building an infrastructure designed around a fast, cost-effective, digital and absolutely efficient future − one connection at a time.

Fast Facts

  • Ohio is one of five states to receive an A grade in logistics industry health in a Conexus Indiana report from the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research.
  • Ohio is one of the top 10 freight destination states by the value of goods shipped annually, meaning that it’s an important state for logistics.
  • Trucking employment ranks No. 1 in the Midwest, No. 3 in the U.S., so there are always plenty of drivers to make shipments.
  • Ohio ranks the fifth highest state in the nation in warehousing and storage services, which means this is a great location to house your products during transport.

Ohio’s Infrastructure

Ohio’s transportation options consist of land, air and water, creating a comprehensive and complete infrastructure that ships worldwide. The flexibility of choice and cost savings this offers companies is one of the reasons Ohio’s infrastructure is among the best in the U.S. Click on the map below to learn more about road, rail, ports and air infrastructure as well as foreign trade zones.

Ohio has the fourth largest interstate highway system in the nation, with nearly 7,000 lane miles on eight major routes. The system has the fifth highest average daily vehicle miles traveled.

Ohio has 10 major rail yards and 13 intermodal terminals, the second highest number in the U.S. Ohio has the fourth largest network of operating railroads in the nation. The state’s 5,388 miles of active freight rail is No. 3 in the U.S. Ohio has four class one, rail-based suppliers: CSX, Norfolk Southern, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National.

Ohio has nine commercial ports on Lake Erie and multiple terminals along the Ohio River. It is the only Midwest state with a direct shipping route from the Port of Cleveland to Europe for both container and heavy goods, making it the only Midwest state that can reduce time to market by five days or more. The Port of Toledo in Northwest Ohio is one of the largest ports in the Great Lakes. Ohio has 736 miles of navigable waterways leading to the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Ohio has seven commercial air carrier airports and 97 general aviation airports. Rickenbacker International Airport near Columbus is one of the world’s only cargo-focused airports and has regular service to Hong Kong, Dubai, Luxembourg and other cities around the globe.

Foreign-Trade Zones
Ohio has nine Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ), the largest presence of FTZ with the most active firms in the Midwest.

Road Rail Maritime Air FTZ Utility Map

Rickenbacker Inland Port

Rickenbacker International Airport is one of the greatest multimodal shipment hubs in the U.S., where companies can transport faster to anywhere in the world with consistent and reliable options. Rickenbacker is a vital component of the North American International Freight Center where air, water, rail and ground transport companies collaborate daily with freight forwarders, consolidators, customs brokers and third-party logistics providers to move freight around the world.

AirRickenbacker supports the world’s largest aircraft, operated by premier international freighter operators that connect worldwide every day with hubs in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It offers a wide range of scalable services for all aircraft types – including corporate, general aviation, commercial, air freight and military, and:

  • Two parallel, 12,000-foot runways capable of handling any aircraft in the world.
  • Category I and II landing system for all-weather landing capabilities.
  • Among the largest ports of entry for textiles in the U.S.

RailThe Rickenbacker area has access to two of the nation’s largest rail providers, Norfolk Southern and CSX, and:

  • Provides direct access to and from industrial parks to multiple transportation options, reducing overall transportation costs for domestic and international shippers.
  • Major port capabilities to handle more than 300,000 container transfers a year.
  • Provides many advantages, including reduced shipper costs, less environmental emissions, improved safety and regional competitiveness.
  • In conjunction with the Heartland Corridor project, provides direct double-stack, next-day rail service to and from the port of Norfolk, Virginia.

Trucking and LogisticsSome of the best ground transportation companies in the industry operate through the Rickenbacker area, offering daily, scheduled services and coverage.Logistics providers in the Rickenbacker area keep cargo moving to wherever customers’ final destinations may be.

Warehouse and DistributionRickenbacker has over 75 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space, which has proven contributions to the success of several company operations and still has both airside and landside development opportunities. The Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park and other surrounding industrial parks in the area offer nearly unlimited potential as one of the North American International Freight Center’s vital logistics hubs.

Rickenbacker Foreign-Trade Zone

  • Includes the General Purpose Zone at Rickenbacker International Airport in Franklin and Pickaway counties.
  • Provides many benefits to companies engaged in international sourcing and distribution through potential deferral, reduction and elimination of customs duties.

Loaded-to-Capacity Zone

  • Rickenbacker Parkway is designed and approved for the movement of import and export containers that are loaded to maximum weight capacity.
  • It allows gross vehicle weight up to 120,000 lbs. or container payloads over 58,000 lbs. with special permit.

Digital Infrastructure

Ohio’s statewide broadband and fiber network provides companies with access to the internet and to resources and services that support broadband.

  • Ohio currently has a high-speed 100 Gbps internet network throughout the state.
  • Agile Networks is working to provide up to 1G service anywhere in Ohio, including hard-to-access sites. Agile Networks has also partnered with Microsoft Corp. to bring more high-speed internet access to underserved areas in Ohio.
  • Over $210 million in federal grant funding was invested between 2009-2014 to build next-generation “middle mile” fiber networks.
  • Ohio’s technology infrastructure includes advantageous resources such as the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) providing tech solutions and connected public-private-industry digital opportunities to help companies stay competitive.

Ohio: America’s Innovation Corridor

Ohio: America’s Innovation Corridor

A strong IT innovation network drives the evolution of smart mobility
Milind Paranjape, director of information technology, JobsOhio
November 13, 2017

Ohio supports a strong network of academic institutions, research facilities and businesses that collaborate, discover and commercialize new innovation. In the age of smart transportation, Ohio’s collaborative IT innovation network plays a large role in the technology that powers automated and autonomous vehicles, among other things.

Commitment to Technology in Ohio Gives Companies a Competitive Edge

Commitment to Technology in Ohio Gives Companies a Competitive Edge

Tech connects Ohio industry and academia
David Hudak, Ph.D., interim executive director of the Ohio Supercomputer Center, and Paul Schopis, interim executive director of OARnet
February 13, 2017

OARnet and OSC offer Ohio companies and universities high-performance computing resources in addition to high-speed connectivity to support research and collaboration.

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