Local Infrastructure & Amenities
Commercial Air Service
Holmes County is within sixty miles of three international airports offering commercial passenger/freight service:
- Akron/Canton Regional Airport
- Akron Fulton International Airport
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
- Port Columbus International Airport
Holmes County Airport east of Millersburg provides services for private and business aircraft, and boasts a 3,500 x 100 ft. east/west runway.
Roadways & Interstate Access
The spine of the Holmes County highway system consist of numerous State Routes running east/west and north/south. Of the major thoroughfares, State Route 83 and 62 are the most widely utilized, in essence cutting the county into four equal quadrants.
The Port of Cleveland on Lake Erie is approximately 75 miles from Holmes County. It has the best heavy lift capacity on the Great Lakes. Port facilities include nine berths and 6,500 linear feet of dock space. Docks are maintained at a full seaway depth, which is 27 feet. The docks have excellent connections to three major interstates (I-71, I-77, I-90), as well as the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad. Four terminal operators use port facilities: Oglebay-Norton, Essroc, Kenmore Construction, Federal Marine Terminals.
The Ports of Columbiana County handles 15 million tons of cargo a year, the most on the Ohio River. The Ohio River accounts for over one-third of the maritime cargo moving inland in the United States each year, (approximately 275 million tons) and by comparison handles more cargo per year than the Panama Canal. The port system of Columbiana County provides year round international cargo service via the Ports of new Orleans and southwest Louisiana.
CSX provides rail service to the western portion of Holmes County, most notably to industries located in the Loundonville Industrial Park.
Several major delivery services including Federal Express and United Parcel Service provide service throughout Holmes County. There is also an extensive selection of trucking firms in the area, from contract haulers and heavy and light haulers to general motor freight. Many pride themselves on responsiveness to "just in time" production schedules.
The Northeast Ohio Intermodal Facility, a 24-hour, global operation, is located in nearby Navarre, Ohio. The state-of-the-art facility offers computerized inventory control, Electronic Data Interchange, a 210-acre staging area for empty units and chassis, three 4-ton overhead cranes, and high-speed receipt and dispatch of containers as well as access to a network of highways for NEOMODAL service to all major cities.
Foreign Trade Zones
Foreign Trade Zones provide significant savings for global shippers, and are one reason that Ohio ranks number one in the US in number of exporting companies. Through the work of The Northeast Ohio Trade and Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) with Foreign Trade Zone 181, shippers can bring a bonded container from an East Coast port, clear Customs and return to the East Coast from Northeast Ohio faster than through the Port of New York. Contact NEOTEC at (330) 672-4080.