Global Connectivity

“Regions best positioned to win site selection projects are ones that, for the foreseeable future, are “deep regionally” and “highly accessible” globally. This means a region, that from a real estate, infrastructure, and talent perspective can accommodate multiple aspects of most any company’s supply chain, with access to talent to support each of the functions required to run a global business, and with transportation modes that provide global access to markets. The bi-state St. Louis region performs magnificently by this standard.”

Doug Rasmussen, Site Selection Consultant,Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners

 

A map of the United States of America with a dot on the St. Louis region. Differently shaded and sized circles are added around the dot to detail the how many days in drive time it takes to get to places within each circle. The days grow from one to four the further away one travels.

 

In addition to its central location in the United States, which makes two-day shipping to most of the country possible, the region’s easy access to rail lines, interstates and ports of export make it an ideal location for global manufacturing businesses seeking to serve the world effectively from a primary location.

Global Rail Connectivity Via Six Class I Railroads

Through the Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads, regular trains leaving the St. Louis region access three west coast ports (Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland) and two east coast ports (Newark/NYC and Norfolk, Virginia). From these ports of export customers around the globe in Europe, Asia, the Far East, Africa, Australia and the Middle East are well served. The region’s intermodal capabilities and services by the CN, the KCS and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis allow rail cars to be picked up on schedule, resulting in dependable and higher velocity rail car movement to the Gulf, Canada and Mexico. Additional ports of export are also available from the St. Louis region as detailed on the map below.

 

A map of the United States of America, southern Canada, and northern Mexico, displaying the railroad line network of the six Class 1 railroads connected to the St. Louis Region. The six Class 1 railroads are Canada National, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, CSX Transportation, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Highlighted routes display example connections from the St. Louis region to ten major ports and logistic centers: New York City, Newark, Norfolk, Savannah, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, and Vancouver.

 

One of many examples of companies utilizing the region’s rail and port network is Cosmos Manufacturing, a global manufacturer and supplier of pet shampoo and related products based in O’Fallon, Missouri – a suburb of the bi-state St. Louis region. With destination points on all continents, Cosmos ships efficiently to 68 countries from its production facility, serving the world effectively from its primary location.

“One might think that being in a location interior to the Country far from the ocean would be a disadvantage for a company like ours. In fact, we have found quite the opposite,” said Cosmos President and CEO Landon Hobson. “The St. Louis region’s excellent rail network provides regular and ready access to five major ocean ports on both the east and west coast, and our central location allows us to hit 90% of our freight moves in North America within 2 days and 100% in 3 days. This kind of accessibility and global reach provides major advantages to us vis a vis our competition who cannot reach customers as efficiently and effectively as we can.”

 

St. Louis Region One Location. Global Access. map

 

A map of the United States of America listing the six class 1 railroads connected to the St. Louis region and the high volume and scheduled Class 1 rail routes from the St. Louis region to global US ports on the east and west coasts. The St. Louis region is connected by high volume and scheduled Class 1 rail routes to New York City and Newark by the CSX railroad, Norfolk by the Norfolk Southern railroad, Long Beach and Los Angeles by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad, and Oakland by the BNSF and Union Pacific railroad.

 

Global Marine Highway Connectivity

The St. Louis region lies at the heart of America’s Marine Highway System and is home to the northernmost ice-free, lock-free point on the Mississippi River. The all-water routes offer efficient options for transportation of freight, providing shippers with access from the St. Louis region to critical transportation channels and global ports. Existing Container-on-Barge Services in the region and proposed Container-on-Vessel services that could be launched here are early as 2023 provide even more options on the all-water north-south trade lane connecting the Midwest to the lower Mississippi River and on to worldwide destinations.