Half of U.S. Markets within a One-Day Drive

Fort Wayne / Allen County’s central location and strong infrastructure give us a competitive edge. See how we can get your business off and running.

Roadways

I-69 superhighway provides direct and easy access to I-80/90. Four U.S. highways and seven state roads create further connectivity for import, export, and travel. More than 150 trucking and logistics companies, including Triple Crown and SIRVA, are here to support your transportation needs.

Rail

Allen County is served by class I freight railroad, Norfolk Southern, and two Genesee & Wyoming Inc. short line partners; the Chicago, Fort Wayne & Eastern Railroad, and the Napoleon, Defiance & Western Railroad. Norfolk Southern and Genesee & Wyoming Inc. serve over 42,000 miles of track in over 20 states and parts of Canada.

Airports

Serving over 700,000 passengers last year, the Fort Wayne International Airport is home to four major carriers: United, Delta, American, and Allegiant Air with non-stop departures to Chicago, New York City/Newark, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Detroit, Minneapolis, and other major cities.  Not only is FWA the “Friendliest Airport in the United States,” but it is also a convenient,  cost-competitive option for business and personal travel.

Air cargo service exceeded 9,000 tons departing from Fort Wayne International in 2016.

  • Foreign Trade Zone designation
  • 24-hour FAA air traffic control
  • 24-hour customs services
  • Home to the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard
  • 11,981 ft. long 5-23 runway, one of the longest in the United States
  • T-hangar rentals

Fort Wayne is also home to Smith Field Airport, a general aviation airport that also offers flight instruction and aviation maintenance technology classes.

Ports

Within a little over 2 hours truck or rail ride, the Port of Indiana (Burns Harbor) on Lake Michigan and the Port of Toledo on Lake Erie provide access to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Both ports have an experienced workforce and the facilities needed to deal with all types of bulk, break bulk, project cargo, and containers.

Telecommunications

Allen County has 100% broadband coverage with competitive fiber-optic access.  Verizon has invested more than $100 million in fiber-to-the-home, making Fort Wayne one of the first Midwest cities to have city-wide fiber-optic broadband services (FiOS).

Electricity and Natural Gas

Allen County offers some of the most competitive utility rates in the United States, thanks to providers including:

 

Industrial Electric Rates

LocationRate (per kWh)
Northeast Indiana (I&M Power's rate)$.0697
Indiana$.0744
Ohio$.0683
Illinois$.0630
Michigan$.0731
Wisconsin$.0744
U.S. average$.0688

 

Water and Wastewater

Indiana has an abundant water supply with Great Lakes, river, and groundwater sources. Fort Wayne City Utilities meets and exceeds all U.S. EPA water quality standards and adheres to sustainable energy and savings practices. Its reliable distribution system minimizes water outages and assures stable flow and volume. For commercial and industrial users, soft water consistency is imperative to the operation of the business. Fort Wayne City Utilities typical cost reduction for pre-treatment ranges from 25% to 30% for industrial users.