70 % OF U. S. POPULATION
WITHIN 600 MILES
Unicoi County, TENNESSEE
5.0 MILLION CANADIAN RESIDENTS WITHIN 600 MILE RADIUS
Transportation Within a 150-mile radius of Unicoi County are six interstate highways that provide convenient ingress and egress to the area. Interstate 81 bisects the MSA and joins Interstate 40 only 55 miles away in Jefferson County. Interstate 26 runs northwest to southeast across the city and connects Interstate 81 with Asheville, North Carolina (and I-40) to the south and the Virginia state line on the northwest. Unicoi County is recognized as one of the top logistics locations in North America and features a two-day UPS shipping radius to 65% of the U.S. population.
Interstate 26 serves as Unicoi County’s primary connection to the interstate highway system providing direct access to the Port of Charleston, South Carolina. Substantial growth is developing along the Interstate 26 interchanges. With six access points, Unicoi County provides outstanding access to eastern U.S. markets via its interstate connections.
A “Quad-City Beltway” provides four-lane travel among Unicoi County, Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City and Elizabethton within the MSA. The beltway makes possible a 20-minute or less commute to any of the four cities, with the average commute time 13 minutes. The ease of accessibility to the four cities broadens the available work force to new companies locating in Unicoi County.
A variety of trucking firms serve the area. A few of those are listed below.
AAA Cooper Transportation
D & G Trucking
Don Gray Trucking
Herman Danny Trucking
Southeastern Freight Lines
Unicoi County is a Major Terminal on the CSX Rail network
TRI-CITIES REGIONAL AIRPORT
TRI-CITIES REGIONAL AIRPORT
Strategically located on 1,040 acres in the heart of the MSA, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA provides commercial air service aboard, Delta Connection, Allegiant Air and US Airways Express. Convenient long-term and short-term parking lots are just steps away from the terminal and are served by a complimentary shuttle bus. The 97,335 SF terminal offers a gift shop, observation platform, restaurant, rental cars, automated teller machines, game room and office space. The 23,000 square foot concourse features the security checkpoint, seven gates and waiting areas, an expanded business center, vended snacks and televisions.
The 8,000-foot runway can accommodate aircraft up to the Lockheed L-1011 and the DC-10. The 4,447-foot secondary runway is used primarily by general aviation aircraft. The Airport complex consists of a terminal building, cargo buildings, an expansive fixed base operator, Air Traffic Control tower, a FAA Flight Service Station, corporate hangars and other related facilities. The new Tri-Cities Air Cargo Logistics Center facility is approximately 13,000 square feet and is part of a 40-acre development capable of accommodating 220,000 SF of facilities with direct access to the cargo ramp, and expansion capacity for indirect aviation-related cargo activities such as warehousing and distribution.
TRI is the port-of-entry for international goods and services processed into the region by Customs Port No. 2082. Additionally, TRI is the Grantee of Foreign - Trade Zone No. 204 and administers all FTZ general-purpose and sub-zone sites within the Tri-Cities area, which includes the Airport’s general-purpose site. More than 2,000 tons of cargo was process at TRI in 2004. ABX Air, Inc., BAX Global, Delta Connection, DHL, Federal Express, J&B Fast Freight, Northwest Airlink, US Airways Express and UPS provide air cargo service.
Centrally located for the region, TRI provides passengers with easy access to major “hubs” and provides a world class airport with hometown hospitality. More information is available at www.TRIflight.com.
Source: Melissa Thomas - Airport Sales & Marketing