Tennessee’s geographic location is at the heart of the U.S., so you can count on easy access to markets around the world. Our central location also means your business can connect to customers and suppliers faster. We’re home to the busiest cargo airport in the western hemisphere. Not to mention, we have immediate access to eight interstate highways—reaching 60 percent of the U.S. population within an 11-hour drive or less. We also offer six Class 1 railroads and more than 1,000 miles of navigable waterways.
Tennessee has more miles of I-40 within its boundaries than any other state, with 455 miles traveling through 20 counties, consistently recognized as the best maintained interstate section in the nation.
Plus, our high-quality workforce is composed of 263,488 Tennesseans employed in the transportation, logistics and distribution industry at 16,773 establishments. Some of the state’s larger companies in this industry include Amazon, Under Armour, Covenant Transport, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, Peyton’s, Cummins Inc., Gap Inc., Walmart, FedEx, Averitt Express, US Express, Norfolk Southern, Old Dominion Freight Line, Ozburn Hessey Logistics, Nike and Macy’s.
The FedEx World Hub in Memphis, which covers 862 acres, is the largest sorting facility in the world, handling between 1.3 million and 1.5 million packages every night over 42 miles of conveyor belts. It’s also the busiest cargo airport in the western hemisphere.
When you consider these advantages, it’s easy to understand why Area Development magazine named Tennessee the number one location for overall infrastructure and global access.
From 2011 through 2015, $1.7 billion in new capital investment and 5,822 new jobs have located in counties across the state. Among the companies bringing new jobs to the state are Amazon, Academy Sports + Outdoor, Access America Transport, New Breed Logistics, Team 3 Logistics, Saks Inc., PharMEDium Services LLC and Nike.
FedEx World Hub Memphis is the largest sorting facility in the world.
Tennessee businesses in transportation, distribution and logistics sector.
capital investment from recent distribution and logistics projects. (2011-2015)
The Port of Memphis shipped and received 14.2 million tons of cargo in 2013. With our robust transportation infrastructure, the distribution and logistics industry thrives in Tennessee.
#1 in the nation for overall infrastructure and global access, #1 for competitive utility rates, and #3 in the nation for highway accessibility.
– Area Development Top States for Business 2015
Tennesseans employed in transportation, distribution and logistics sector with 12% growth expected over the next 10 years.