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Strategically located at the junction of busy Interstate 70 and Interstate 135 in the middle of the country, Salina is also a convergence point for rail lines from four directions and a mid-continent stop for more than 11,000 business jets and military aircraft every year. More than 7 million vehicles traverse the area annually, highlighting Salina's attributes as a center of transportation and warehousing. Busy executives can reach all domestic and international points through a convenient schedule of daily airline flights from Salina's active airport. Additionally, Salina's ability to acquire Foreign Trade Zone subzone status, through an expedited process at the individual businesses location, will provide financial inducements to companies that want to take advantage of free trade opportunities.


With its excellent combination of road, rail, and air transportation, Salina's reach is truly global. Salina is an outstanding distribution center. More than 30 motor freight companies service Salina with direct and connecting schedules to all cities in the United States. Competition in this industry has created one of the lowest average transportation costs in the nation, creating an outstanding opportunity for manufacturers and businesses in the Salina area.


Access to rail service also positions Salina as ideal location for a manufacturer that intends to distribute across the nation, as the Union Pacific owns a mainline spur and maintains a small rail yard, and WATCO short line rail has the capacity to yard over 100 cars in the community, as well as owning a deepwater port on the Gulf of Mexico, facilitating access to ocean freight from Salina.  Port of Catoosa in Oklahoma provides year-round access to barge freight, and is accessible by either rail or truck freight.  Both the rail and highway infrastructure is capable of accommodating oversized loads.