A 21st Century Infrastructure to Transport and Travel Worldwide

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 geographically advantageous, sitting within a 600-mile radius of more than half 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 Location

Ohio is centrally located amid one of the largest population concentrations in North America. It is close to cities including Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Toronto. Companies located in Ohio are within one day's drive of more than 60 percent of North American manufacturers. When the benefits of Ohio’s location are combined with Ohio’s multi-mode infrastructure capabilities, there is an overall strategic advantage that saves companies time and capital.

Ohio Location

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.

Rail The 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 Logistics Some 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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