"Asia to Indiana Nonstop"
11th Annual Indiana Logistics Summit
October 9-10 - Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis
Sold out Summit featured new intermodal service that could reduce supply chains by a week
This year's sold out Logistics Summit taught us more about how intermodal is a 'game changer' for businesses all over the state as it brout together top Indiana intermodal users and leaders from East and West Coast ports as well as executives from global shipping, Indiana Rail Road and CN Railway to discuss the new 'non'stop' rail service that is bringing Asia closer than ever to Indiana businesses. By opening an intermodal terminal with 'nonstop' service to Asia, the 'Crossroads of America' may have just taken its logistics advantages to a whole new level, and brought with it tremendous opportunities for manufacturers, importers, exporters, developers, agribusinesses and logistics providers.
This year's event also served as a perfect backdrop for an announcement by
Governor Mike Pence for the establishment of a Blue Ribbon Panel to guide
transportation infrastructure in Indiana. Serving as the Summit's keynote speaker,
Governor Pence acknowledged the value of logistics in Indiana making note that
the state is ranked among the top 10 in 46 logistic-related categories. Indiana sits
at the top of logistics rankings in four categories including pass-through highways,
rail-tons of primary metals originated and terminated, and shortest distance to
median center of the U.S. population.
"People in logistics know we're in the middle of everywhere - the heart of the
heartland," said Pence during his announcement. "If you're going to be the
'Crossroads of America,' you have to have the infrastructure to back it up."
Each year, the Indiana Logistics Summit brings together top industry leaders from all over North America to discuss what logistics could mean for Indiana's future. This year's sold out event was attended by over 400 people and featured the opening of a new intermodal terminal with 'nonstop' service to Asia.
Immediately following the Summit, Governor Pence joined officials from Indiana Rail Road Co., and CN Railway to open the new intermodal terminal in Downtown Indianapolis by driving a 200-ton locomotive through a ribbon.
"Indiana handles over $500 billion in freight shipments per year, providing hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers with careers in logistics," said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. "Governor Pence recognizes logistics as one of Indiana's core industries for future job creation efforts."
Notes about Intermodal:
- Intermodal terminals are magnets for economic development! Intermodal terminals have generated billions in investment for Illinois, Ohio and Texas, attracted numerous Fortune 500 companies and generated thousands of jobs in the same way that ports and airports attract distribution centers, warehousing and industrial facilities.