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Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

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Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

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Ten Exceptional Southern markets to Locate your Reshored Traditional

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Ten Low Cost Manufacturing Locations to Reshore your Plant near Major
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Ten Highly Creative Places to Live in the South where you can Reshore your
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Ten more Shining Examples of Economic Development that's working in the

Five Outstanding Supplier Sites for Airbus and Five for Boeing

Ten Supplier Locations in the Southern Aerospace Corridor that can serve
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20th Anniversary Edition


Ten Outstanding Logistics Parks in the South

Alliance Texas

Fort Worth's Alliance is the mother of all logistics parks, not only in the South, but worldwide. Owned by the City of Fort Worth, developed by Hillwood (a Perot company) and managed by the privately-held Alliance Air Services, Alliance encompasses over 17,000 acres, 29 million square feet of buildings, 28,000 employees working for over 200 companies and almost 7,000 single-family homes. The development is anchored by the Alliance Global Logistics Hub, one of the largest inland ports in the world. The Hub features the Fort Worth Alliance Airport (the world's first 100% industrial airport), BNSF Railway's Alliance Intermodal Facility, FedEx's Southwest Regional Sort Hub, two Class I rail lines and various state and Interstate highway networks.

Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park

The FedEx flight line at the Memphis logistics hub.You can't get a better logistics location in the South than Memphis. Known as "America's Distribution Center" and "America's Aerotropolis" primarily because the Memphis International Airport is the largest cargo airport in the world, the Memphis region has plenty of logistics parks to choose from. But none are better for logistics in Memphis than the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park, located near downtown at the Port of Memphis. There are several hundred-acre-plus sites available at this logistics park, two of which are over 600 acres. There is also outstanding rail service to this park.

Dallas Logistics Hub

The Dallas Logistics Hub, located on 6,000 acres 12 miles south of Dallas has a huge upside, even if it is just getting off the ground. The property features dual rail, four major highways, Union Pacific's intermodal facilities and a cargo airport is being developed. What this master-planned logistics park offers will compliment the Alliance Texas development.

Huntsville Intermodal Center

The International Intermodal Center is a U.S. Customs Port of Entry that provides a single hub location specializing in receiving, transferring, storing and distributing international and domestic cargo via air, rail and highway. Adjacent to the Intermodal Center is the 4,000-acre Jetplex Industrial Park, which is located at the Huntsville International Airport.

Piedmont Triad International Airport

The new FedEx mid-Atlantic air hub is nearing construction at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC. Sites near and around the airport have access to extensive rail service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX.

Chennault International Airport

This former Air Force base in Lake Charles, La. features hundreds of acres of available sites next to a 10,700-foot runway. Adjacent Interstate highway system, rail service and deep-water port  make Chennault a well-rounded logistics park in the South. 

The I-95 Megasite

We can't list some of the South's best logistics parks without one on Interstate 95, the South's busiest highway. The 1,263-acre, I-95 Mega Site is located in Turbeville, S.C., in Clarendon County, 36 miles southwest of Florence. It isn't a real logistics park yet, but someone will figure out that it should be.

MidAmerica Industrial Park

Located near Tulsa, this is Oklahoma's largest industrial park and with over 9,000 acres, it is one of the largest in the U.S. There are no building inspection processes at MidAmerica, which means any distributor can start construction in a matter of days rather than months.

Global Transpark

Featuring an 11,500-foot airport runway, this 2,400 acre industrial airport will soon be the home of a large Spirit AeroSystems manufacturing facility that will produce the center section of the Airbus A350 airliner. But even with Spirit, the Global TransPark has plenty of room for companies searching for the right logistics airpark.

East Tennessee Progress Center

This site is located in extreme Northeast Tennessee and is an excellent "tweener" location. By "tweener" we mean it is located halfway between the heart of the South and the heart of the Northeast. The East Tennessee Progress Center offers over 900 acres to tenants with a location that is just off Interstate 81 and only eight miles from Interstate 40 in Morristown, Tenn. In fact, the Progress Center's location is within a one-day truck drive to over 76% of the U.S. population.

 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto

Steering the Automotive Industry to the World's Fourth-Largest Economy


Opportunities in the South's Rural and Urban Small Towns

Southern Business & Development Southern Auto Corridor Small Town South Randle Report