Interstates: I-40 & I-75
Situated at the crossroads of the densely populated Northeast and the rapidly growing Southeast, approximately 75% of the nation’s population lives within a 650 mile radius (a day’s drive) of Loudon County. Travel is convenient to any location in the United States, with the nation’s most heavily traveled interstates, I-40 and I-75, converging in Loudon County. I-40 in Tennessee ranked the Best Highway Segment in the Nation for the 3rd consecutive year by Overdrive Magazine (2008). Tennessee ranked 3rd in the Top 5 Best Roads in America by Overdrive Magazine (2008).
Loudon County has some of the best rail served sites in East Tennessee. A Norfolk Southern Railroad mainline runs through the length of Loudon County. Several rail spurs have been added throughout the county to serve the business parks. Two privately-owned intermodal rail facilities are located in Loudon County, offering non-rail served sites the opportunity to transport materials and products by rail. Norfolk Southern operates a rail yard along the Tennessee River, offering an on-site rail master.
- Loudon County is part of the Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor, a 2,500-mile rail network supporting the supply chain from Memphis and New Orleans to New Jersey
- Norfolk Southern recognized as a Green Supply Chain Partner for 2009 by Inbound Logistics magazine
- Toyota Logistics Services recognized Norfolk Southern with their 2008 President’s Award for Overall Logistics Excellence among Rail Carriers, its highest award given to logistics providers
Greater Knoxville Foreign Trade Zone
The Greater Knoxville Foreign Trade Zone #148 was established to support international trade and help expand our region’s economy. The Zone serves the Knoxville Port of Entry which includes Knox, Loudon, and twelve other outlying counties integral to our regional economy. The zone currently consists of five general purpose zones and one special purpose sub-zone. Please visit www.ftztn.com for more information on the Greater Knoxville Foreign Trade Zone.
Air Travel — Knoxville McGee-Tyson Airport
McGhee Tyson Airport is the region’s major, commercial airport, with 120 daily flights. The airport is less than 30-minutes from Loudon County. Six major airlines serve McGhee Tyson including: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta, Frontier, United Airlines, and US Airways. McGhee Tyson offers 18 non-stop direct flights to major cities including: Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Orlando-Sanford, New York, Chicago, Denver, and Washington D.C. Nine general aviation airports serve the region including: Knoxville’s municipal-owned Downtown Island Airport and the Monroe County Airport, both within less than 30-minutes from Loudon County.
The Great Lakes of the South
The Tennessee River, which is part of the Interconnected Inland Water System (Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway), runs through the width of Loudon County, connecting the county with 21 states, the Mississippi River, and the Great Lakes. The waterway shortens the shipping trip between Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico by 882 miles, enabling products to arrive at their Gulf destination eight to nine days earlier.
Multiple river terminals handle barge shipments throughout the Greater Knoxville Metropolitan Area, and two industrial parks within Loudon County have barge capabilities. Many local industries take advantage of these facilities to transport raw materials.