Transportation + Logistics

Northeast Ohio offers a wealth of transportation resources, including Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Akron-Canton Airport, five interstate highways, Class 1 railroads and a variety of port and sea port facilities. Northeast Ohio ports are also Foreign Trade Zones, providing substantial savings for international shippers.

AIRPORTS

The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) offers 250 daily departures to some 70 destinations, including the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies and key markets around the world. The Akron Canton Airport (CAK), known for its low fares and relaxing environment, offers an additional 40 daily departures.

Additional air transportation options include Burke Lakefront Airport that connects Cleveland Plus to the world by providing premier air travel for business executives and corporate visitors via privately owned and charter aircrafts. The Akron Fulton Airport also offers first-class Fixed Base Operator services, including aircraft rental and charters.

Major airlines serving Northeast Ohio include Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and US Airways. Cargo carriers include Continental, Federal Express, ServisAir GlobeGround, Southwest, UPS, United States Post Office and World Wide Flight Services.

MARKET PROXIMITY

Northeast Ohio, centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Toronto, is within a day's drive of 60% of all U.S. Fortune 500 headquarters and provides quick market access to Canada.

Distances from Northeast Ohio

City

Straight line distance

Driving distance

Driving hours

Atlanta, GA

545

700

11.20

Baltimore, MD

280

349

5.60

Birmingham, AL

590

700

11.30

Boston, MA

540

655

10.00

Buffalo, NY

175

211

3.40

Charlotte, NC

410

485

8.00

Chicago, IL

330

360

5.50

Cincinnati, OH

220

235

3.70

Columbus, OH

120

135

2.20

Detroit, MI

130

186

3.00

Hamilton, ON, Canada

175

277

4.50

Indianapolis, IN

270

305

5.00

Jacksonville, FL

750

867

14.10

London, ON, Canada

120

305

5.10

Louisville, KY

315

340

5.00

Memphis, TN

630

720

11.20

Milwaukee, WI

365

452

7.00

Montreal, QC, Canada

500

596

9.50

Nashville, TN

460

510

8.00

New York, NY

390

434

6.80

Newark, NJ

370

424

6.50

Ottawa, ON, Canada

420

539

8.50

Philadelphia, PA

330

423

6.50

Pittsburgh, PA

86

107

2.00

Raleigh, NC

395

546

9.00

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

390

515

7.80

Toledo, OH

125

135

2.20

Toronto, ON, Canada

210

313

5.10

Virginia Beach, VA

410

546

9.00

Washington, DC

274

346

5.70

NORTHEAST OHIO RAILROADS

Class 1 Carriers

CSX Transportation, Inc.

Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Class 2 Regional Carriers

Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad

Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway

Short Line Railroads

Akron Barberton Cluster Railway

Arcelor Mittal Cleveland Works Railway Co.

Ashland Railway

Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson

Cleveland Commercial Railroad Co.

Columbus and Ohio River Rail Road Co.

Flats Industrial Railroad

Lake Terminal Railroad Company

Mahoning Valley Railway

Newburgh & South Shore

OHI-RAIL Corporation

Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad Company

Ohio Central Railroad, Inc.

R.J. Corman Railway Co.

Warren & Trumbull Railroad Co.

Youngstown & Austintown Railroad

Youngstown & Southeastern Railroad

Youngstown Belt Railroad Company

NORTHEAST OHIO SEA PORTS

The Port of Cleveland has the best heavy lift capacity on the Great Lakes. Port facilities include nine berths and 6,500 linear feet of dock space. Docks are maintained at a full seaway depth, which is 27 feet. The docks have excellent connections to three major interstates (I-71, I-77, I-90), as well as the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad. Four terminal operators use port facilities: Oglebay-Norton, Essroc, Kenmore Construction and Federal Marine Terminals.

Cleveland Plus realizes inventory carrying costs and transportation savings by utilizing the Mississippi and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. Our Cleveland Port route saves from two to four days on a vessel from Europe to Cleveland, rather than the traditional route of shipping cargo to an east coast port and then using either rail or truck transport to our region.

    FOREIGN TRADE ZONES (40) and (181)

    The Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program in Northeast Ohio includes Foreign-Trade Zones #40 and #181. These two zones cover more than 11,000 acres and nearly 40 different sites throughout 12 counties. Together they create one of the largest and most successful foreign-trade zone programs in the country. Northeast Ohio's FTZ program is nationally recognized as a “best practice” in foreign-trade zone development and management. Foreign Trade Zones provide significant savings for global shippers, and are one reason that Ohio ranks number one in the US in number of exporting companies.