Infrastructure

The abundant raw materials that drew early settlers to southern and eastern Ohio quickly created a demand for infrastructure to move those materials and finished products to market.  That robust infrastructure continues to serve the region which, along with the advantage of geographic location, offers as a full complement of logistics options.

ROAD. Ohio’s industry-connected logistics infrastructure means Ohio-manufactured products can reach the majority of the US and Canadian population in a day’s drive.   The four-lane Appalachian Highway (Ohio 32) offers an uncongested alternative to the popular east – west I-70 corridor.  For north – south transport U.S. 23 connects southern Ohio to Tier One automotive manufacturers and others.

RIVER. The mighty Ohio River offers the cheapest way to move raw and finished bulk materials.  The Ohio stretches 451 miles along the Appalachian Partnership’s eastern and southern counties and offers an alternate shipping route to the Gulf of Mexico via the Tennessee-Tombigee Waterway.

RAIL. Railways cross APEG’s 14,000 square miles connecting raw materials shipped by river and road to manufacturing destinations and then move manufactured goods (often containerized) to continue their intermodal consumer journey via truck, plane or ship.