Clinton County Port Authority Celebrates National Logistics Day
6 Jul 2021
The Clinton County Port Authority recognized National Logistics Day on June 28th. Until three years ago, there was no specific day to recognize or celebrate the importance the logistics industry plays in domestic and global economies. That all changed in 2019 when a day of recognition was finally registered.
The pandemic has shined a light on how crucial the logistics industry is through the efforts deployed for sourcing, importing, and distributing PPE, vaccines, and other critical supplies. There is an even larger picture beyond this spotlight: it is estimated that the transportation and warehousing segment in the U.S. alone accounts for over 5.5 million jobs and that logistics activities account for nearly 8 percent of everything we make and sell. The third-party logistics segment alone represents a $233 billion industry.
The Clinton County Port Authority well understands the importance logistics plays. This year marked the “10 + 1” Anniversary of the donation of the Wilmington Air Park to the Port Authority, as well as the one-year anniversary of air cargo operations returning to it. Also this year, the Air Park was once again the highest volume cargo airport in Ohio, rising to 31st in the national rankings. The Air Park saw 458 million pounds of cargo pass through in the 12 months from March 2020 to March 2021. Additionally, based on both metrics and popular vote, the Ohio Business Magazine named the Air Park “Best Cargo Airport in Ohio for 2020.”
The trucking industry is another important part of logistics. Professional truck drivers account for over 1,100 jobs in Clinton County, working for employers like R+L Carriers and Sewell Motor Express. These companies take advantage of Clinton County’s prime location, interstate accessibility, and easy access to the Wilmington Air Park. The Clinton County Port Authority supports the trucking industry further by hosting Southern State Community College's Truck Driving Academy, a comprehensive, hands-on truck driver training program that exceeds Ohio CDL requirements.
In addition to transportation, warehousing is another key piece of the logistics management system. Storing goods at various points in the supply chain and distribution process is vital. Warehousing gives a company better control over their inventory, ensuring timely processing and shipping of orders. In Clinton County, over five million square feet of warehouse storage capacity is in use, currently.
Logistics businesses thrive in Clinton County because it is centered on transportation corridors with major transportation assets and warehouse space. See how your business can succeed here. Contact the Clinton County Port Authority at 937-655-7019 or firstname.lastname@example.org and follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter.