Indy Partnership Courting Major Retailers and Consumer Goods Manufacturers at National Logistics Conference

Region's superior workforce and infrastructure are key business attraction assets for national logistics firms

INDIANAPOLIS (February 22, 2010) — Top executives from the largest and most visible retailers and consumer goods manufacturers in the world are in Florida this week for the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) national logistics conference. Indy Partnership Senior Business Development Director Scott Fulford is there promoting the advantages of locating new or expanded operations here, with the goal of attracting new jobs and investment to communities throughout the 10-county Indianapolis region.

Central Indiana is already home to 1,500 logistics-focused companies employing more than 89,000 experienced workers. Major operations for some of the world’s most recognizable brands and logistics industry companies located in the region include:

  • FedEx (6,311 employees)
  • Roche Diagnostic Corporation (2,900 employees)
  • United Parcel Service (2,708 employees)
  • Medco (1,300 employees)
  • Amazon.com (1,200 employees)
  • Brightpoint, Inc. (1,000 employees)
  • CVS Caremark Distribution (1,000 employees)
  • Reebok – Onfield Apparel Group (1,000 employees)
  • Red Gold (900 employees)

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, logistics employers represent a more than $9.8 billion industry within the state of Indiana.

“The 10 counties that make up the Indianapolis region offer exceptional value as a location for national and international logistics firms,” said Ron Gifford, president and CEO of Indy Partnership. “Our regional assets, low cost of doing business, skilled workforce, and central location usually make us a statistical frontrunner for companies seeking to establish new logistics operations.”

Primary logistics industry distribution assets in the Indianapolis region include more intersecting interstate highways than any other metro area in the U.S., the Indianapolis International Airport and six small commercial airports, five railroad lines and 42 rail-serviced sites, and about 100 distribution centers and 100 trucking companies. Three maritime ports are also within 2-3 hours drive from the Indianapolis region.

“Our region is particularly suited to what the industry calls ‘value added logistics,’ which is the final assembly of the different components to cars, electronics and other consumer hard goods that arrive from various national and international destinations,” Fulford said. “We have the ideal workforce and infrastructure as well as the added benefit of being a great place to live, which is important to the long-term attraction and retention of both companies and workers.”

About The Indy Partnership
The Indy Partnership is a privately-funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to the Indianapolis Region—10 central Indiana counties including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, and Shelby counties. Indy Partnership offers key services to businesses looking to expand or relocate, including point of contact for business development leads, incentives assistance, business research and demographic data, and regional marketing. Visit www.indypartnership.com for more information.