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Logistics and Distribution in the Columbus Region


With greater access to the U.S. market within a 10-hour drive than any other major metro, the Columbus Region is a strategic location for the movement of goods. Distribution centers thrive on the Columbus Region's ultra-modern interstate highway system, third-party logistics companies and multiple rail terminals.
 
Home to top-ranked, multimodal logistics hub Rickenbacker Inland Port and the seventh-largest Foreign Trade Zone, the Columbus Region is your all-access pass to the North American and global marketplace.


4,000

logistics establishments

77,000

employees

Employment growth in the transportation and warehousing sector is projected to be greater than

21 percent

between 2010 and 2020


Location


The Columbus Region is centrally positioned in the Midwest of the United States, with fast access to seaports and Central Mexico by rail and access to Asia, Europe and South America by air.


The Columbus Region offers the greatest access to the U.S. market of any major domestic metro (Three Scale Research, June 2013).


The Columbus Region is within a 10-hour drive of:

  • 47 percent of the U.S. population

  • 44 percent of the U.S. manufacturing capacity

  • 48 percent of the U.S. headquarters operations

 


Notable Columbus Region Logistics Employers


NOTABLE LOGISTICS EMPLOYERS
COMPANY OPERATIONS EMPLOYMENT
L Brands, Inc. Retail and Apparel 7,100
Cardinal Health, Inc. Healthcare 4,318
Defense Supply Center Columbus Military 3,000
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Retail and Apparel 2,650
Exel Inc. Logistics Provider 2,190
Eddie Bauer Retail and Apparel 2,069
Thirty-One Gifts LLC Retail and Apparel 1,796
United Parcel Services, Inc. Logistics Provider 1,623
Midwest Express Group Automotive 1,183
Big Lots, Inc. Retail and Apparel 860

Source: Columbus 2020; Columbus Business First, Book of Lists 2013; Local economic development agencies


Business Advantages


Rickenbacker Inland Port
The high-speed international, multimodal logistics hub offers unparalleled location and access to customers throughout North America. Located 10 miles south of Columbus, Rickenbacker features include:
  • Rickenbacker International Airport, one of the world's only cargo-dedicated airports, with two parallel 12,000-foot runways and over 200,000 square feet of air cargo facility space
  • The Heartland Corridor allows double-stacked freight trains to travel directly from the Port of Virginia to Norfolk Southern's state-of-the-art intermodal facility located at Rickenbacker International Airport

Market Access and Export Capabilities
Goods made in the Columbus Region are easily transported to domestic and international markets via the Region's multi-modal logistics infrastructure.

Manufacturers can reach 47 and 33 percent of the U.S. and Canadian populations, respectively, and 44 percent of the U.S. manufacturing capacity within a 10-hour drive.

Export opportunities for Region manufacturers include Cargolux and Cathay Pacific's cargo flights between Columbus and Hong Kong. A number of supply chain solutions and export resources from counseling to financing also exist for Region manufacturers.

Cost of Doing Business
The Columbus Region is home to a competitive tax structure, and Ohio is ranked No. 1 for lowest effective tax rate on new distribution centers.

Additionally, the Columbus Region offers greater value for industrial space than peer metros.

AVERAGE ASKING RENT FOR DISTRIBUTION AND WAREHOUSING SPACE
METRO PER SQ FT PER SQ M
Memphis $2.55 $27.45
Columbus $2.69 $28.96
Atlanta $3.33 $35.84
Dallas $3.40 $36.60
Louisville $3.52 $37.89
Kansas City $4.36 $46.93
Chicago $4.47 $48.12
Indianapolis $4.50 $48.44
Pittsburgh $4.67 $50.27
Los Angeles $6.84 $73.63
Long Island, NY $8.86 $95.37

Source: Colliers International, Q3 2014



"The Columbus Region’s exceptional distribution and logistics capabilities and outstanding talent pool, as well as its optimal location for e-commerce business, were all factors that led us to expand our Grove City operations."
   -Alex W. Smith, President and CEO, Pier 1 Imports

 

Workforce and Education


Ranked as one of the hardest-working places in America, employees in the Columbus Region have access to a number of educational facilities at all levels of training while employers have access to several training grants.

The more than 138,000 college students at over 60 college and university campuses provide surge labor. Those employees are also often working to earn professional degrees from institutions, such as The Ohio State University, whose supply chain and logistics programs are nationally ranked No. 5 and No. 8 at the undergraduate and graduate levels, respectively.

High schools offer logistics-specific career-tech programs, and Columbus State Community College - one of the nation's largest community colleges - offers technical training and associate degrees in logistics and supply chain management.

"If you are an e-commerce company, you want your fulfillment center to be located in a big college town where you will be able to reach a lot of available labor that can be trained in a week. That's Columbus."
   -Curtis Spencer, President and CEO, IMS Worldwide
The Columbus Region's wages are lower than peer metros, yet employees enjoy a high quality of life due a cost of living that Forbes ranks the fourth best in the U.S. For a breakdown of wages by specific occupation, view the Average Salary by Occupation page.

WORKFORCE COSTS FOR TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIAL MOVING OCCUPATIONS
MSA NO. WORKERS AVG. HOURLY WAGE UNIONIZATION RATE
Columbus 70,557 $14.64 3.1%
Memphis 80,334 $15.58 2.8%
Dallas 230,144 $15.79 3.2%
Indianapolis 88,767 $15.94 4.9%
Los Angeles 375,677 $16.02 7.9%
Pittsburgh 66,942 $16.44 9.8%
Kansas City 66,812 $16.57 5.7%
Chicago 339,682 $17.11 9.6%
Louisville 57,764 $17.13 10.4%
Atlanta 187,966 $17.88 3.1%
New York - Newark - Jersey City 511,902 $18.28 13%

Source: EMSI Analyst, 2014; Unionstats, 2014


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Chris
Strayer
Client Solutions Officer
614-225-6905
Matt
McCollister
Vice President, Economic Development
614-225-6953
Matt
McCollister
Vice President, Economic Development
614-225-6953
Matt
McQuade
Director, Business Development
614-225-6920
Matt
McQuade
Director, Business Development
614-225-6920
Patty
Huddle
Vice President, Existing Business Services
614-225-6065
Chris
Strayer
Client Solutions Officer
614-225-6905
Archit
Dhir
Project Manager, International Lead
614-225-6083
Jeff
Zimmerman
Director, Columbus Region Logistics Council
614-225-6086

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