Rail & Intermodal
Here Are the Top 10 States for Logistics

The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card, compiled by Conexus Indiana for the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research, recently doled out rankings on how states have done in the areas of manufacturing and logistics.

To measure the health of the logistics industry, the study included the share of total logistics industry income as a share of total state income, and the employment per capita. Also included was commodity flows data by both rail and road. Added to this was infrastructure spending as the per capita expenditure on highway construction.

Illinois

The state has strong logistics to serve the 36 Fortune 500 companies that have headquarters here. Ten Illinois-based Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing and Archer Daniels Midland, are headquartered in Chicago, while others, including Walgreens Boots Alliance and Deere are located in the suburbs or downstate. New to the list is TreeHouse Foods, a food processing company that entered the Fortune 500 shortly after buying Illinois-based ConAgra’s private-label food business.

Indiana

The state ranks first in pass-through interstates. It is home to the 2nd largest FedEx air hub worldwide, and 3rd in total freight railroads.

With three maritime ports that together rank 7th in waterborne shipping, Indiana provides the only statewide port system with direct waterway access to two U.S. coasts.

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To measure the health of the logistics industry, the study included the share of total logistics industry income as a share of total state income, and the employment per capita. Also included was commodity flows data by both rail and road. Added to this was infrastructure spending as the per capita expenditure on highway construction.

Illinois

The state has strong logistics to serve the 36 Fortune 500 companies that have headquarters here. Ten Illinois-based Fortune 500 companies, such as Boeing and Archer Daniels Midland, are headquartered in Chicago, while others, including Walgreens Boots Alliance and Deere are located in the suburbs or downstate. New to the list is TreeHouse Foods, a food processing company that entered the Fortune 500 shortly after buying Illinois-based ConAgra’s private-label food business.

Indiana

The state ranks first in pass-through interstates. It is home to the 2nd largest FedEx air hub worldwide, and 3rd in total freight railroads.

With three maritime ports that together rank 7th in waterborne shipping, Indiana provides the only statewide port system with direct waterway access to two U.S. coasts.

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