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Old 07-08-2017, 07:50 PM
 
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The Tri-State area remains ripe for development of transportation- and logistics-related businesses, according to some local officials.

First, the area is within a 12-hour drive of 50 percent of the population of North America, they said. And new developments, such as the rise of e-commerce and just-in-time supply chains, have enhanced those opportunities.

L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. in Pennsylvania, said there was a time when 300,000 square feet was big for a distribution center along Interstate 81.

“Now everything is a million-plus,” said Ross.

His organization has been involved in more than $1.8 billion in new investment in the county, much of it spurred by distribution pathways that rely on I-81.

Warehouse businesses in the Tri-State keep on trucking | Local News | heraldmailmedia.com
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Old 07-08-2017, 07:51 PM
 
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Old 07-09-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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50% of the population lives withing a 12 hour drive?
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:36 PM
 
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50% of the population lives withing a 12 hour drive?
Maybe they meant just "America" instead of North America.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:56 PM
 
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The Tri-State area remains ripe for development of transportation- and logistics-related businesses, according to some local officials.

First, the area is within a 12-hour drive of 50 percent of the population of North America, they said. And new developments, such as the rise of e-commerce and just-in-time supply chains, have enhanced those opportunities.

L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. in Pennsylvania, said there was a time when 300,000 square feet was big for a distribution center along Interstate 81.

“Now everything is a million-plus,” said Ross.

His organization has been involved in more than $1.8 billion in new investment in the county, much of it spurred by distribution pathways that rely on I-81.

Warehouse businesses in the Tri-State keep on trucking | Local News | heraldmailmedia.com

This is not new news.Having just retired from the Distribution business I can tell that yes everything you say is true except for the 12 hour drive thing.I will tell you that becuase of problems with Pennsylvania with taxes ,regulations and such there is a heavy push on self distribution with many companies in Maryland.Companies such as C&S distributors a third party supplier for grocery stores has a massive warehouse in PA on I-81 but is losing customers such as Wegmans and Stop&Shop and Safeway due to trouble with I-81 in bad weather it shuts down and the East and N.East is blocked off.
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Old 07-11-2017, 12:31 PM
 
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At some point, PA is going to have to seriously consider adding a third lane to I-81 in each direction. WV and MD (shockingly) are working pretty well together to have six lanes of I-81 eventually from the Mason Dixon line to the WV/VA line.
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:02 PM
 
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At some point, PA is going to have to seriously consider adding a third lane to I-81 in each direction. WV and MD (shockingly) are working pretty well together to have six lanes of I-81 eventually from the Mason Dixon line to the WV/VA line.
I am not sure I would hold my breath. We have the same issue with Rt. 220. Maryland upgraded our portion significantly. Once you hit the PA line, it is a two lane road all the way to the turnpike. I hate that road, won't drive it. It flips me out to have cars try to pass rows of traffic on a road that is pretty busy.

At any rate, I have always felt they drag they feet because of the turnpike. No reason for them to do any improvements that would help motorists or truckers get easily south to I-70/I-68. No evidence of that though....just a feeling.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:12 PM
 
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This is not new news.Having just retired from the Distribution business I can tell that yes everything you say is true except for the 12 hour drive thing.I will tell you that becuase of problems with Pennsylvania with taxes ,regulations and such there is a heavy push on self distribution with many companies in Maryland.Companies such as C&S distributors a third party supplier for grocery stores has a massive warehouse in PA on I-81 but is losing customers such as Wegmans and Stop&Shop and Safeway due to trouble with I-81 in bad weather it shuts down and the East and N.East is blocked off.


This is that warehouse.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znHiFlzbfzo
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:13 PM
 
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It has reached it's capacity already and now is over worked.The down time is killing customers.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:14 PM
 
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At some point, PA is going to have to seriously consider adding a third lane to I-81 in each direction. WV and MD (shockingly) are working pretty well together to have six lanes of I-81 eventually from the Mason Dixon line to the WV/VA line.
It has been considered quite a bit, but it will be a very expensive project. Franklin County's portion of I-81 alone is probably about 25 miles long.
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