Access to suppliers and markets
Twenty-three percent of the nation’s chemical and polymer manufacturing plants are within 250 miles of
West Virginia, a half-day’s trucking distance. Fifty percent of the nation’s chemical and polymer plants - producing 71 percent of the products - arewithin 500 miles, a single day’s trucking distance.
Six highway interstate routes traverse West Virginia, providing quick and
easy access to major population and industrial centers in the Northeast,
South and Midwest. They are links in an intermodal transportation system,
providing strategic access to transshipment points by rail, water and air.
More than 2,400 miles of railroad track carry millions of freight tons each
year in West Virginia, which is well served by two major Class I railroads,
CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.
Navigable Waterways And Ports
West Virginia provides excellent locations for industries using water
transportation access, with 419 miles of navigable streams. A network of river
terminals links West Virginia to ports on the Great Lakes, Atlantic Ocean
and the Gulf of Mexico. The Port of Huntington/Tri-State is the nation’s
largest inland port, handling more than 80 million tons of cargo annually.
Passengers and freight can fly from West Virginia airports to convenient
locations approximately one hour away at Charlotte, Cleveland, Cincinnati,
Chicago and Washington, D.C. Direct flights to these locations, plus New
York City, Atlanta, Detroit and Houston facilitate business and trade.
These transportation modes combine to offer West Virginia businesses
unmatched versatility and convenience in serving regional, national and
global markets with the most advanced “just-in-time” delivery.