Eastern PA / NJ

PA & NJ offer access to the largest port on the east coast (Elizabeth, NJ) and a way to service 60% of the US Population and Eastern Canada in a 12 hour drive.
Click on each sign for a Google Earth view of Allentown and Exit 8A in New Jersey.
Eastern PA and NJ are key markets because shippers enjoy a choice of rail services at the Port of New York / New Jersey along with an extensive market reach covering the Eastern half of the United States, Eastern Canada and beyond. The New York / New Jersey port region is served by three Class I railroads - Canadian-Pacific Railway, CSX, and Norfolk Southern.                                                                                                                                                                                        
UPS Outbound Drive View from Harrisburg, PA

Port of New York / New Jersey - Elizabeth, NJ
Source: Port of New York/NewJersey

I-78/81 Corridor

The I-78/81 Corridor is a fast growing bulk warehouse corridor and is preferred location for regional and super-regional logistics operations serving the Mid- Atlantic, Northeast and the entire Eastern Seaboard.

The I-78/81 Corridor is centrally positioned 90-100 miles west of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC with extended access to the Northeast and East Coast ports such as Norfolk, VA. The Corridor is made up of logistics and distribution users, major retailers and high-quality manufacturers.
  • Strategic location at the mid-point of the East Coast
  • High quality transportation system, reaching a majority of the nation’s population within one day
  • Local and state availability of funding and incentives for businesses
  • Competitive tax structure as compared to markets along I-95
  • Modern, ample availability of utilities and technology infrastructure Within the I-81 Corridor the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton)
  • A total of 30 million people within a 100-mile radius Within one-day drive to reach 1/3 of all American and 1/2 of all Canadian consumers
  • 300,000 employed, 269,000 jobs at 15,300 companies
  • Eleven institutions of higher learning enrolling more than 50,000 students 
  • A population of 643,000 featuring 245,000 households and a 332,000 person workforce 
  • Increasingly diverse business clusters focused on services and technology 
Freight Network Norfolk Southern (“NS”) operates a multi-modal facility in Bethlehem known as BethIntermodal. The BethIntermodal facility serves as an interchange for two Class I railroads: Norfolk Southern and Canadian Pacific Railway. The facility is 200 acres and is open seven days a week.

Both FedEx and UPS operate regional distribution hubs in the Lehigh Valley. FedEx has a FedEx Ground facility, and a distribution hub in Bethlehem. The UPS facility is located in Bethlehem. The Lehigh Valley International Airport supports commercial passengers as well as cargo transport to numerous locations through the US for FedEx.
SIOR BETHLEHEM INTERMODAL TOUR
McGowan organized the SIOR tour of the Majestic Bethlehem Center which is an 8M SF park next to the Bethlehem Intermodal.    Majestic has signed Crayola for 800,000 SF and Walmart for 1.2M SF an e-commerce distribution center.

News Story on Allentown WFMZ Channel 69 Majestic Bethlehem Center to the right.


LEHIGH VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


        Quick Facts about the Lehigh Valley
  • A total of 30 million people within a 100-mile radius
  • Within one-day drive to reach 1/3 of all American and 1/2 of all Canadian consumers
  • 300,000 employed, 269,000 jobs at 15,300 companies
  • Eleven institutions of higher learning enrolling more than 50,000 students
  • A population of 643,000 featuring 245,000 households and a 332,000 person workforce
  • Increasingly diverse business clusters focused on services and technology
  • Home to two Fortune 500 companies: Air Products and PPL both in Allentown, Pa.
  • Sixty-two interconnected municipalities offer diverse communities

Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Shale is a sedimentary rock buried thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface. It stretches from upstate New York south through Pennsylvania to West Virginia and west to parts of Ohio. Named after a town in upstate New York, the rock itself is millions of years old, formed from mud and organic material. The natural gas created over millions of years as a byproduct of decomposition is trapped in tiny spaces and fissures within the rock. The Marcellus Shale is just one of many shale formations across the world. When industry speaks of tapping shale gas, it often refers to it as a “shale play.” The Marcellus is one of the first shale plays to be tapped, after the Barnett Shale formation in Texas.