Source: Adapted from Google Earth.
Logistic Centric Industrial Park, Wheatland, Pennsylvania
A logistic centric industrial park is a cluster of activities related to freight distribution that are not related to an intermodal terminal, but simply to road accessibility. The above site depicts such a zone, located halfway between Chicago and New York on the I-80, which is the major highway servicing this corridor. Chicago is commonly the hub for long distance rail services carrying import cargo from the West Coast (e.g. through Los Angeles / Long Beach). At Chicago many freight forwarders elect to switch their East Coast bound cargo to road instead of rail. Such a strategy has favored the setting of logistic zones at locations along major highway axis between the Midwest and the East Coast. They include a range of activities such as warehousing, cross-docking, chassis depots as well as basic supporting activities like restaurants and hotels.