Marshall, Texas: A Strategic Hub Celebrates National Logistics Day

Friday, June 07, 2024

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Celebrating Logistics: The Backbone of Economic Development

National Logistics Day, celebrated this year on June 28th, highlights the importance of logistics in our daily lives and its critical role in economic development. This day acknowledges the intricate processes and systems that ensure the seamless movement of goods and services from origin to destination. In Marshall, Texas, this celebration is significant given the city's strategic location and robust infrastructure, making it a key player in logistics and transportation.

Understanding Logistics and Its Importance

Logistics encompasses the detailed coordination of complex operations involving people, facilities, and supplies. It is the backbone of any economy, enabling the efficient flow of goods and services. Effective logistics ensures that products are delivered on time, in the proper condition, and at competitive prices. This efficiency is crucial for businesses to thrive, economies to grow, and consumers to receive the necessary goods.

In economic development, logistics plays a pivotal role by attracting businesses, creating jobs, and enhancing the competitiveness of a region. Efficient logistics systems reduce transportation costs, improve delivery times, and increase productivity. For cities like Marshall, which are strategically located, investing in logistics infrastructure can lead to significant economic benefits.

Strategically Located for Success: Marshall's Unique Position

Between Louisiana and Fort Worth along Interstate 20 (I-20) and Highway 59 (Hwy 59), Marshall, Texas, is uniquely positioned to serve as a logistics hub. The city is just 45 minutes from Shreveport, Louisiana, two hours east of Dallas, Texas, and three hours north of Houston, Texas. This proximity to major urban centers, combined with the most affordable sites along I-20 and Hwy 59, makes Marshall an ideal location for businesses reliant on efficient transportation networks.

The Role of Roadways in Marshall's Logistics Network

I-20 is one of the most traveled routes into Texas, known as the Gateway to East Texas. This interstate, along with the I-10 connection corridors, stretches from the west to the east coast, facilitating the movement of goods across the country. The anticipated trade growth from Mexico, Canada, and the Port of Houston will be further supported by the ongoing construction of the I-69 corridor. This development will place Marshall at the intersection of two major arteries of commerce, offering an affordable and strategic environment for businesses.

Rail Connections: A Historical Advantage for Marshall

Marshall's historical ties to the railway industry have left a lasting impact on its logistics capabilities. The Texas & Pacific Railway, the precursor to Union Pacific, had its shop headquarters in Marshall, positioning the city as a critical passenger and freight rail node. The Marshall yard connects to neighboring yards in Longview, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana, enhancing its logistical reach. The Marshall Economic Development Corporation (EDC) oversees a rail spur in the Marshall Business Park, with potential for additional extensions, further bolstering its rail infrastructure.

Air and Port Access: Expanding Marshall's Reach

The Harrison County Airport, with its two asphalt runways, one of which is 5000’, provides excellent facilities for private jets and small aircraft businesses. Larger commercial airports are conveniently located 30 minutes away in Shreveport, LA, and Longview, TX, while international airports are within a two—to three-hour drive, ensuring comprehensive air connectivity for businesses in Marshall.

While Marshall is not located on the ocean, it benefits significantly from its proximity to the Port of Houston, approximately three to four hours away. The port's traffic reaches Marshall daily, providing a lower-cost alternative to the congested and expensive urban areas. Additionally, Marshall is just 30 minutes from the Port of Caddo-Bossier, enhancing its attractiveness for distribution and transportation companies.

Broadband and Electricity: Infrastructure Supporting Modern Logistics

Broadband infrastructure is essential for modern logistics, and Marshall has made significant strides in this area. With broadband service extending throughout downtown Marshall and its business parks, the city ensures businesses have the connectivity they need for efficient operations. Recent surveys and plans aim to expand broadband coverage further, demonstrating Marshall's commitment to continuous improvement.

Unlike much of Texas, Marshall is located within the Southwest Power Pool. This winterized electrical grid provides a stable and cost-effective electricity supply. With commercial electricity costs significantly lower than the national average, businesses in Marshall enjoy a competitive advantage in operating costs.

Marshall's Commitment to Continuous Improvement in Logistics

National Logistics Day recognizes the vital role of logistics in economic development. With its strategic location, robust infrastructure, and commitment to continuous improvement, Marshall, Texas, stands out as a prime logistics hub. The city's investments in road, rail, air, port, broadband, and electricity infrastructure ensure that it can meet the growing demands of modern logistics, making it an ideal location for businesses seeking efficiency and affordability.

To learn more about how the Marshall Economic Development Corporation can support your business or get involved in our economic development initiatives, visit or contact us here.

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