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Location, Location, Relocation!

Relocating a Warehouse or Distribution Center - Part 1 - Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Area

The demand for warehouse space across the United States is high. Whether seeking new e-commerce fulfillment space, manufacturing facilities or leveraging the expertise of a third-party logistics provider, companies large and small are on the move. Are you looking for a smart location to build or relocate a distribution center or manufacturing plant? We examine the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area in this first installment of our “Location, Location, Relocation?” series.

The Nashville/Middle Tennessee area is a fast growing region that supports a diverse array of industries. This area was ranked #5 in 2015 and #4 in 2016 for job growth according to Forbes magazine. 

Your Intermodal Options - Planes, Trains and Tractor-trailers

Ground Transportation

If your business primarily distributes goods via ground freight, then Nashville is within 600 miles of 50% of the US population and within a one day drive to over 75% of the US population (see “100 Cities” chart below). Inland distribution from Middle Tennessee can be realized via one of three major interstates which cross in downtown Nashville.

  • Interstate 24 serves as the major thoroughfare for traffic going
    • East toward Chattanooga, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia, South Carolina and into Florida
    • West toward St. Louis, Missouri, Kansas, and the lower Midwestern states
  • Interstate 40 serves as the major thoroughfare for traffic going
    • East toward Knoxville, Tennessee into North Carolina, Virginia and to the East Coast
    • West toward Memphis, Tennessee into Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas to the West Coast
  • Interstate 65 serves as the major thoroughfare for traffic going
    • South toward Birmingham, Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico and the panhandle of Florida
    • North toward Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois and the upper Midwestern states

Air Transportation

If your business relies heavily upon airfreight, then Nashville is within close proximity to the FedEx hub in Memphis, Tennessee and the UPS hub in Louisville, Kentucky. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) supports 12.9 million passengers visiting each year. BNA is the fourth fastest growing airport among the top 50 airports in North America, serving 440 flights daily in more than 50 nonstop markets. It is now the 33rd busiest airport in the United States.

Rail Transportation

Nashville serves as a major hub for CSX Transportation. CSX operates and maintains nearly 1,600 miles of railroad track in the state and has handled more than 1.6 million carloads of freight on the state’s railroad network.

General Industry

The Nashville area is home to many industries; music, health care, insurance & finance, tourism & hospitality, publishing, and automotive manufacturing. Some of the major corporate headquarters located in the Nashville area include:

Corp with HQ in Middle TN.jpgAutomotive Manufacturing Center

Tennessee has over 100,000 jobs in the automotive manufacturing industry. There are four OEM automotive manufacturing plants in the state of Tennessee and three of the four plants are located in Middle Tennessee.

Automotive 1 in Middle TN.jpgThere are over 900 automotive parts manufacturers and suppliers that support Tennessee OEM automotive plants and other OEM automotive plants in nearby states:

Automotive 2 in Middle TN.jpgEducation

Nashville is known as the “Athens of the South” because of its’ many institutions, universities and colleges. According to, “over 100,000 students are enrolled in colleges and universities in the Nashville region annually. With over 30% of adults holding a bachelor's degree including over 110,000 adults with graduate or professional degrees, Nashville is uniquely positioned to provide a strong and educated workforce.” Here are some of the schools located in the Middle Tennessee area:

Universities in Middle TN.jpgSweetening the Deal – Southern Style

The State of Tennessee is well known for providing incentives for new or expanding companies. Those incentives range from grants, sales and use tax exemptions, tax credits and possible job training and development for employees. More information is available from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. 


Although there are many factors to consider when choosing a location for your business, the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area has the major keys for success of your next warehouse relocation.

  • Geographic reach to customer base
  • Government incentives
  • Ease of access to the interstate system and other modes of transportation
  • Talented labor pool

If you are interested in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee area and need assistance, please feel free to contact Vantec Hitachi Transport System (USA), Inc. at 615-399-2000. Our Middle Tennessee office can provide Smart Contract Logistics Solutions to your warehouse relocation questions.

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