Great Lakes Manufacturing Council

Logistics & Borders

8 The supply chain assets of the Great Lakes are pivotal to the competitive position of manufacturers in the global economy. Our region is recognized worldwide for its trade corridors and supply chain expertise. Our bi-national geographic location and borders represent major opportunities for continued development of competitive advantage. The Council is dedicated to mapping the region’s logistics assets and resources, to providing best practices in traversing the Canadian/U.S. borders, and to helping build small and mid-size manufacturers’ export/import expertise. If you would like to join the Logistics & Borders Work Group's list as well as for further information e-mail us.

The intermodal hubs featured in the logistics database are evidence of the heavily integrated supply chains in the Great Lakes Region, and they include some of the nation's most dynamic freight corridors.  One such artery is the Heartland Corridor, connecting the ocean port of Norfolk with the Chicago distribution hub.  The $190 million project was developed by Norfolk Southern, in partnership with the the Federal Highway Administration and the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio.  The 1,031 mile corridor shortens rail transport from the Chicago distribution hub to the East Coast by 250 miles and from four days to three and now includes a spur from Columbus, OH to Cincinnati, OH.  Watch for more information on transport key corridors on this page.

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