The Value of Centralized Distribution
Ashland County is often boasted as being the halfway point between Cleveland and Columbus, but the county has much more to be excited about. Ashland’s economic development office, Grow Ashland, has stated that Ashland County sits within 600 miles of 60% of the U.S. population and 50% of the Canadian Population. This provides the county with economic opportunity that not many other counties have.
However, it is not just Ashland County’s location that plays to its favor, but its abundant transportation and infrastructure that keeps the county economically competitive. Sitting within 60% of the U.S. Population would be meaningless without the means to receive and distribute goods. Luckily, Ashland has numerous main highways running through it, such as Interstate 71, U.S. 42, U.S. 250, U.S. 224, and U.S. 30. Additionally, the county has a public airport only 5 miles from the Ashland Business Park and 4 miles from Downtown Ashland. The county also has direct access to the Ashland Railway and is about an hour away from the Rickenbacker Inland Port in Columbus OH, which offers a rich mix of air, sea, rail, and ground transport companies and providers. Finally, Ashland is 66 miles from Cleveland and about 97 miles from Toledo, allowing relatively easy access to the Port of Cleveland and the Toledo Port Authority.
With this amazing location and infrastructure available, the area has tons to offer. So, it comes as no surprise that Ashland County was ranked the nation’s 5th top Micropolitan (population less than 50,000) for economic development in 2018 for Site Selection Magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” report, which was up 2 spots from the previous year’s rankings.
Lippert Enterprises is proudly located in Ashland. Lippert has been innovating inventory practices since 1976 by buying excess stock to help satisfy businesses’ short-term inventory goals. Legacy parts management, third-party logistics (3PL), packaging, and dealer returns are just some of the other services that Lippert can provide businesses across the country. Lippert takes on the role of managing aging inventory, intricate dealer returns, logistics and 3PL, which in turn allows businesses to focus their time and resources into other matters without sacrificing quality of inventory management.