The OhioSE region’s robust infrastructure effectively serves businesses in our twenty-five counties, along with the advantage of geographic location, offering logistics options not easily found in other places in the United State or the world.

Cargo truck on an Appalachian highway

Trucks move 2000 pounds of cargo 155 miles per gallon of fuel.

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. U.S. 33, U.S. 35 and I-77 are also popular routes in the region with less congestion than other areas in Ohio.

A typical barge can move 2000 pounds of cargo 576 miles per gallon of fuel.

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

Bordering Appalachian Ohio is the Ohio River, the largest tributary of the Mississippi River.

The Ohio River Barge System offers possibly the most affordable and efficient way to move goods from Appalachian Ohio to many access points to the North and South. Ohio River transportation capability “provides an average savings of $10.67/ton over the cost of shipping by alternative transport modes. As a rule, barge transport costs 60 percent of rail transport which, in turn, is 60 percent of truck transport.

Barge transport can save nearly two-thirds the cost of transport by truck.


A massive barge moving down the Ohio River
A Norfolk Southern train engine

Rail cars can move 2000 pounds of cargo 413 miles per gallon of fuel.

Railways cross OhioSE’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.

The OhioSE region boasts an impressive rail system, allowing business to export goods to nearly anywhere along the Eastern part of the United States. Terminal end stations include Western Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Rail systems include the Baltimore and Ohio, Norfolk and Western Railway, Southern Railway, Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, West Virginia Central and Pittsburg Railway, Coal and Coke Railway, Western Maryland Railway and the Norfolk Southern Railway. A variety of short line rails serve regional industries.