Location or Expansion

Transportation and Distribution

Oklahoma Transportation and Distribution - Warehouse

Oklahoma perfectly balances convenience and affordability with the advantages of a workforce, a central location, a pro- business atmosphere and an excellent transportation infrastructure. These assets combine to make Oklahoma an ideal home for transportation, distribution and logistics companies competing in a global economy.

Major transportation, distribution and logistics companies in the area include BNSF & UP rail, Melton Truck Lines, The Hodges Cos., United Warehouse and numerous steel, grain, chemical and heavy machinery distribution centers at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and across the state.

Oklahoma"s central location makes it ideal for cargo transportation and logistics.

  • With three major runways - two 9,800-ft parallel runways and one 7,800-ft crosswind runway - Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport can accommodate most any size aircraft. With a strong mix of commercial, freight, military, corporate and general aviation activity, the airport handles over 130,000 operations each year.
  • Tulsa International Airport offers air cargo service through seven freight carriers. 2012 air freight – 56,000+ tons.
  • Foreign Trade Zone / Freeport Exemption -Businesses engaged in final assembly and/or international trade can benefit from special customs procedures when importing and then warehousing, manufacturing or assembling product. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 106 is conveniently located adjacent to Oklahoma City"s Will Rogers World Airport.

Two major lines provide most of the rail transportation in Oklahoma: Union Pacific, and Burlington Northern & Santa Fe. The two major lines, together with short lines offering regional service, have more than 4,000 miles of track and provide a statewide railroad network connecting Oklahoma communities with other U.S. cities, markets, and ports.

The McClellan-Ker Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) is Oklahoma's primary navigable waterway originating at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and flowing southeast connecting to the Mississippi River.

  • MKARNS is 445 miles long and has 18 locks and 10 dams that enable year-round navigation.
  • The locks and dams are maintained by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and are operated 24 hours a day,
  • Two major ports along MKARNS include the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and the Port of Muskogee.

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States.

  • Sits on  2,500 acres, with 2,000 developed acres accommodating an industrial park with 63 facilities that include manufacturing, distribution, and processing of goods companies.
  • Truck shipments are only two days away from either the East Coast or the West Coast.
  • In 2010, handled 2.26 million tons of cargo with 57% of that being delivered to the port or shipped from the port by rail.

Amenities include:

  • General dry cargo dock
  • Roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) low water wharf
  • Dry bulk terminal
  • Grain terminals
  • Liquid bulk terminals

Oklahoma is truly America's Trucking Hub. At the crossroads of three major Interstate highways, Oklahoma is positioned within a day's drive of the large and rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA). There are over 10,345 trucking companies located in Oklahoma, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.

  • Central U.S. location with access to I-44, I-40 & I-35
  • One-to-two day delivery time to major cities in the West South Central region
  • Numerous carriers including FedEx, UPS, Melton, Yellow, and others

More than 39,000 miles of pipeline form an intrastate gathering and distribution network for oil and natural gas transport throughout the state.

Equipment Manufacturing

From 2009 to 2010, Oklahoma"s exports grew 21 percent, accounting for $5.4 billion, with products shipped to over 170 countries. The top five commodities exported made up 39 percent of total exports, which is comprised of Civilian Aircraft, Engines and Parts, Medical and Surgical related Instruments and Appliances, Tires, Crude Oil, and Parts for Boring or Sinking Machinery.

There are presently over 200 equipment manufacturing / oil field service companies located throughout the state.  These companies service primarily the oil and gas sector in Oklahoma and surrounding states.

Warehousing and Storage

Oklahoma is home to numerous warehousing and storage facilities for both manufactured goods (including both cold and regular storage) as well as depots for petroleum and natural gas such as the Cushing oil depot.

As of March 31, 2012 working crude oil storage capacity at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage and trading hub was 61.9 million barrels, an increase of 6.9 million barrels (13%) from September 30, 2011 and 13.9 million barrels (29%) from a year earlier.