In 2013, DHL, a leading third-party logistics services firm, announced an expansion at its Westerville headquarters, bringing total employment to more than 600, with a payroll of $91.9 million. Westerville is able to provide logistics services companies access to a highly skilled technical workforce and an extensive telecommunications network to support the technological focus of the service.
As the management of supply chains becomes more complex, more universities are adding logistics management programs. According to U.S. News and World Report magazine, the Ohio State University has the 4th best logistics program in the country.
More than 2,400 people are employed in logistics services in Westerville area, with more than 18,000 employed in the transportation and warehousing sector, which is projected to grow by 7 percent through 2019. The sector has a 1.32 location quotient.
Westerville is located northeast of Columbus along Interstate 271, the outer beltway around the city. In addition, Westerville has easy access to Interstate 71, which runs north/south, Interstate 70, running east/west, and State Route 315 to the south.
The Port Columbus International Airport is located 10 miles from Westerville and is served by 15 airlines and their regional partners, including American, Air Canada, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways. These airlines provide more than 150 daily flights to 34 cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and Toronto. Rickenbacker International Airport offers cargo service through an international multi-modal logistics hub. It includes two 12,000-foot runways capable of serving all types of aircraft. The Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which manages both Port Columbus and Rickenbacker, is also the grantee for Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 138, which provides FTZ services to 25 Central Ohio counties.