The Northwest Ohio Mega Site is just a day’s drive from more than 60 percent of North America’s manufacturing capacity

Ohio Job Ready Site Van Wert Ohio, Ohio Mega SIteCentrally located between Chicago, Toledo and Dayton, the Northwest Ohio Mega Site allows for easy and affordable access to supply chains and customers. The site is in a prime manufacturing spot, within 600 miles of more than half of the U.S. and Canadian populations, and is locally central to two large metropolitan areas within 30 miles. These include Lima, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana with a Community Statistical Area (CSA) of more than 500,000 people.

Road Access

The site is located on U.S. 30 (East, West); a four-lane, divided, limited-access highway. It is located 26 miles East of U.S. 24 (East, West), 31 miles West of I-75 (North, South), 36 miles East of I-69 (North, South) in Indiana and 55 miles South of the Ohio Turnpike (East, West). The location eliminates routing trucks through small towns en route to interstate.

(Photos feature the recent rail spur work that has been completed)

Rail Access

Northwest Ohio Mega Site InfastructureThe 1,600 acre Van Wert mega site is connected by rail spur that is installed with direct access to the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad (CFE) mainline, located within one mile south of the site. The CFE Railroad operates a 315-mile short line service from Chicago to Crestline with numerous Class 1 interchanges with CSXT in Lima and Crestline, Ohio and Norfolk Southern in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Additionally, the Mega Site has a one-connection access to an intermodal facility in North Baltimore, which is the newest and largest in Ohio and capable of facilitating entire loads of double stacked containers in less time than similarly sized facilities.

It is also within 100 miles of six strategically located truck/rail intermodal facilities:

  • Columbus-Buckeye Yard (CSX)
  • Marion Intermodal (CSX)
  • Marysville (CSX)
  • North Baltimore (CSX/Intermodal)
  • Sandusky (NS Triple Crown)
  • Toledo Airline Junction (NS)
  • Van Wert Terminal (CF&E)

Air Access

The Mega Site is accessible to several international airports located within 150 miles, including:

Maritime Access

Maritime Ports are located within a three-hour truck drive of the Van Wert Mega Site, through ports of Toledo, Cleveland and Cincinnati, which connects to global markets via east and west coast ports and with Saint Lawrence Seaway. There is also access to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway via the Ohio River, saving time from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, giving options for inland waterway transport.

Other Strengths

The Northwest Ohio Mega Site offers flexibility in global exporting routes, with options for several modes of transportation for flexibility in routing. This allows for lower transportation costs and the ability to move products anywhere in the world.

Additionally, Ohio features:

  • Eight interstate highways, five international airports and some of the world’s largest public and private airports dedicated solely to cargo shipment
  • The 4th largest highway system in the U.S.
  • 25 ports and terminals on 700 miles of navigable waterways leading to the Gulf of Mexico and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Nine of these ports are ranked in the Nation’s top 100 ports
  • 4,526 miles of Class I Railroads, 4th in the nation in freight rail traffic
  • Top five in the country for warehousing and storage, as well as value of goods shipped by any method