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.
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.
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.
Serving more than 700,000 passengers in a typical year, the Fort Wayne International Airport is home to four major carriers: United, Delta, American, and Allegiant Air with non-stop departures to Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Phoenix, 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 10,000 tons departing from Fort Wayne International in 2021.
- 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.
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.
Allen County has 100% broadband coverage with competitive fiber-optic access. Verizon has invested more than $100 million in fiber-to-the-home, making Fort Wayne one of the first Midwest cities to have city-wide fiber-optic broadband services (FiOS).
Electricity and Natural Gas
Allen County offers some of the most competitive utility rates in the United States, thanks to providers including:
Energy delivery to companies in Allen County from Indiana Michigan Power is more than 85% emission-free, benefiting companies’ sustainability goals and reducing environmental footprint. Rebates and incentive programs are also available to help reduce energy costs.
Industrial Electric Rates
|Location||Rate (per kWh)|
|Northeast Indiana (I&M Power's rate)||$.0717|
(Data courtesy Edison Electric Institutes’ Typical Bills and Average Rates Report)
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.