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 and customers across the country.
Area logistics are also significant: UPS operates its all-points international air express hub and distribution center (Worldport) 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 3.47 million passengers in 2017. 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 5.7 billion pounds of cargo, freight and mail in 2017. 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 approxomately 1,500 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 24 boarding gates. The airport offers 5,957 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 163,676 in 2017. Runway lengths are 7,250 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, Worldport. Worldport is a technological marvel — the largest automated package handling facility in the world, and the center point of UPS’s worldwide air network. More than 300 flights arrive and depart daily, and the hub processes roughly two million packages a day, increasing to more than four million during the December peak holiday shipping season.
Beginning in 1999, UPS undertook the largest capital project in the company’s history with the $1 billion expansion of its sort facility at Louisville International Airport. The expansion more than doubled the size of the air hub and increased sort capacity from 215,000 packages per hour to 304,000. Dubbed Worldport upon its 2002 completion, the facility initially grew from about 2 million square feet to 4 million.
By 2006, UPS needed to again expand Worldport. In a two-phase project, the company expanded its all-points air hub by 37 percent to 416,000 packages per hour. The second expansion was completed in April 2010, with the mammoth facility now measuring 5.2 million square feet, with a perimeter of 7.2 miles.
Looking to future possibilities, the facility’s design allows for further expansion to process up to a half million packages per hour.
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.