Location! Location! Location!

Sitting at the strategic midpoint of Chicago and Detroit, Southwest Michigan is one of the nation’s premier locations for logistics centers and warehouse distribution sites. Situated along the NAFTA Corridor, Southwest Michigan can help you reach your customers from Canada to Mexico.

Our pro-business environment, motivated labor pool and affordable wage rates have attracted distribution centers from companies like Target Corporation and Kenco Logistics. We offer one of the lowest cost origins in the Midwest; freight transportation by over forty truckload and less-than-truckload carriers, including American Freightways, ABF and ICX; and easy transport by rail, air and major parcel carriers.

  • Key strategic location on NAFTA corridor lies within:

    • 54% of the nation’s manufacturers
    • 48% of all national retail sales
    • 54% of the nation’s business payroll
    • 65% of Canada’s Gross National Product
  • Excellent highway access and little roadway congestion allowing immediate access to Interstate 94, US-131 and M-89; Interstate 80-90 is a short-drive south
  • 37% of the U.S. population can be reached in one day by truck
  • More than 78% of the U.S. population can be reached within two days by roadway
  • More than 100 million people live within overnight delivery capability
  • More than 105 million people live within a 500-mile radius and 221 million people live within 1,000 miles radius of the region’s center
  • Affordable wage rates averaging $12.61 to $19.22 per hour
  • Non-union environment with only 6% private union membership
  • BC CAL KAL Port of Battle Creek — Foreign-Trade Zone 43
  • More than 375,000 college and university students within a 2-hour driving radius

Top Regional Employers

Logistics Sector Location
General Mills Food & Beverage Distribution Kalamazoo, MI
Imperial Beverage Food & Beverage Distribution Kalamazoo, MI
KAZOO, Inc. Professional Garments Kalamazoo, MI
Kenco Logistic Services Multi-client Kalamazoo, MI
Kendall Electric Electrical Portage, MI
Seneca Medical Supply Medical Kalamazoo, MI
Target Corporation Retail Galesburg, MI
Wal-Mart Retail Coldwater, MI

Average Wage by Occupation

Occupation Average Hourly
Mean Wages
Customer Service Representatives $15.69
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation $25.08
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operators $14.94
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand $13.03
Maintenance & Repair Workers, General $17.16
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines $20.23
Office & Administrative Support Occupations $15.09
Office & Administrative Support Workers, All Other $14.68
Office Clerks, General $13.26
Order Clerks $13.53
Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks $14.07
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service $12.61
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations $14.84
Transportation, Storage & Distribution Managers $40.54
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer $19.22
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services $13.57

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, Annual Average Regional Metropolitan Statistical Area Hourly Mean Wage, 2012