A major transport and logistics center.
Southern Indiana provides businesses with an outstanding logistics and transportation system. The convergence of three major interstates (I-65, I-64 and I-71), diverse regional air and railroad traffic, and the Ohio River offer Clark and Floyd Counties a complete inter-modal transportation system, allowing first-class access to markets across the country.
Area logistics are also significant: UPS operates a major sorting and distribution center at the Louisville International Airport (SDF), giving local companies the ability to deliver overnight packages as late as midnight and still receive next-day service. Aviation services are also available at the Clark Regional Airport in Clark County and Bowman Field in Louisville. The Ohio River is a major freight mover, and the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville provides full port and stevedoring facilities. The port is also home to many industrial businesses which take advantage of this excellent transport and logistics facility.
Louisville International Airport (SDF), with approximately 100 daily non-stop flights, is one of the largest airports serving a city of Louisville’s size, accommodating 3.4 million passengers in 2014. It is located within minutes of Southern Indiana and is serviced by 8 airlines:
- American Airlines / American Eagle
- Delta Air Lines / Delta Connection
- Northwest /Northwest Airlink
- United Express
- Express Jet
- Continental Express
- Midwest / Midwest Connect (Skyway)
- US Airways Express
- Frontier Airlines
Louisville International Airport is the 10th largest air cargo airport in the world and is ranked 3rd in the United States in the total amount of cargo handled. Home of UPS’s international air-sorting hub, the airport handled 5 billion pounds of cargo, freight and mail in 2014. Overnight and two-day delivery by UPS has boosted the region’s economy with increased jobs and more efficient and timely movement of goods into and out of the area.
Louisville International Airport is situated on 1,200 acres and provides service for commercial, air cargo, military, general aviation, corporate, private and postal aircraft. The passenger terminals comprise more than 360,000 sq. ft. and have 23 boarding gates. The airport offers 5,625 public parking spaces – including a 4-level parking garage, with 3 levels under cover. The airport consists of 2 parallel runways, one crosswind runway and over 62,000 linear feet of taxiways. Aircraft operations (take offs and landings) totaled 148,429 in 2014. Runway lengths are7, 250 feet, 8,580 feet and 11,890 feet. Its parallel runways permit simultaneous takeoffs and landings at Louisville International Airport, therefore doubling capacity and permitting the airport to add flights at peak usage times. The Louisville Regional Airport Authority operates Louisville International Airport and Bowman Field.
Southern Indiana offers a full range of leading telecommunications services from various providers. AT&T Indiana, Indiana’s largest telecommunications company, is the primary telecommunications provider serving consumers, businesses and organizations within Clark and Floyd Counties. With over 170,000 miles of fiber optic cabling in service, 98% of SBC Ameritech lines being served by digital switching, and more than 80% of customer lines having access to ISDN, the company continues to build and operate world-class communications networks in Indiana.
There are two daily newspapers serving the area, The Courier-Journal (Indiana Edition) and the News and Tribune (Clark and Floyd County). Numerous other weekly newspapers, including Business First, also cover Southern Indiana. All major networks – NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX – have local stations (Louisville) serving the market in addition to cable. Numerous radio stations cover a wide range of programming.
Clark and Floyd Counties are located at the intersection of three major interstate highway systems.
- I-64, an east-west route which runs from the port at Norfolk, Virginia on the eastern seaboard to St. Louis on the Mississippi where it meets I-70 for access to the West
- I-65, a north-south route which runs from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, Alabama, and passes through Indianapolis, Nashville and Birmingham along the way, intersecting the five other major east-west interstates
- I-71, a north-south route which begins in Louisville and runs through Cincinnati and Columbus to Cleveland with access to the three primary east-west interstates to the northeast (I-70/76 to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, I-80 to New York and I-90 to Boston)
- I-265, an east-west connector route which links I-64, I-65 and State Highway 62 in Southern Indiana. I-265 terminates at Highway 62 at the entrance to the Clark Maritime Center in Jeffersonville but will connect to I-265 in Kentucky when the East End Bridge is completed.
- Southern Indiana is also served by U.S. Routes 150 and 31 and by State Highways 3, 11, 62, 111, 160, 311 and 403.
Southern Indiana has over 700 well-trained professional and volunteer police and fire fighters that provide outstanding service to the area. In addition, an Indiana State Police post is located in Sellersburg in Clark County. The area has Emergency 911 telephone service that connects to all necessary services. Qualified emergency medical services and rescue services are provided by various communities and private providers. All areas of both counties are served by an outdoor early warning alarm system activated in case of potentially dangerous weather conditions.
Rail providers CSX, Norfolk Southern and Louisville Indiana Railroad provide commercial transport services as well as connections to Illinois Central, Paducah Louisville, Indiana Rail Road and CP Rail System/Soo Line.
Southern Indiana’s Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville provides an intermodal transportation gateway that serves shippers from around the world. This state-of-the-art river port provides ocean access to world markets via the Inland Waterway System. As a Foreign Trade Zone, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville enhances the global competitiveness of companies. A major barge line, American Commercial Lines LLC, serves the region along with several other barge lines, freight forwarders and export packaging and crating companies.
Louisville is home to the all-points international air-freight express hub of UPS. The UPS Worldport was completed in 2002 and included the Hub 2000, a $1 billion, automated sorting facility, at Louisville International Airport. The 2.7 million square foot building is the largest single investment in UPS’ history and will nearly double its sorting capacity. In 2010, UPS completed a five year, $1billion expansion, which added 1.2 million square feet to the facility, bringing the total footprint of the UPS Worldport® international air hub to 5.2 million square feet. The expansion increased the facility’s package sorting capacity by 37 percent to 416,000 packages per hour.
In 2015, UPS announced it will triple the size of its “Centennial” ground package sorting facility in Louisville and will nearly double package processing rates. Separate from UPS Worldport® international air hub, this project will cost an estimated $300 million and should be substantially completed by 2018. At this site, UPS plans to add more than 300 jobs over the course of the project with recruitment starting in 2017. The current building will increase in size from 257,000 square feet to 838,000 square feet with construction scheduled to begin in 2016. Pickup and delivery operations will continue throughout the project. The largest common carrier in the world, UPS delivers over 15.8 million packages and documents per day. More than 250 daily UPS flights carry next-day and second-day air deliveries in and out of Louisville where they are sorted at a rate of over 416,000 packages and documents per hour and then rerouted the same day. Utilizing the UPS hub, a company can receive and distribute products virtually worldwide. UPS jet aircraft fly more than 1,800 flight legs to approximately 100 airports daily.
- Other UPS services that provide substantial savings to businesses include:
- Competitive rates for ground and air service
- Comprehensive logistics capabilities
- On-site customs clearance
- Flexible pick-up times of air packages up to early morning
- Triangle Flying Service
The region has in place the resources to deliver the services needed for future growth.
- Electrical service is provided primarily by Duke Energy Indiana and Clark County Rural Electric Membership Cooperative (REMC), a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. A portion of western Floyd County receives service from Harrison REMC.
- Natural gas is provided by Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, Inc. and propane gas is distributed by several vendors.
- The Indiana-American Water Company, Inc. provides water to most of the area, while several other smaller independent companies cover the remainder.