The middle Tennessee region's central location has made it a center of transportation and distribution in the United States. Three major interstates converge in middle Tennessee, meaning that Sumner County is within a one day truck drive to 75% of all U.S. Markets as well as within 650 miles of 50% of the U.S. population. Combined with the area's outstanding air, rail, and waterway transportation options it's easy to see why the region has become a draw for manufacturers, distributors, and corporate headquarters needing quick and easy access to cities around the world.
Nashville International Airport (BNA) is only minutes away, providing passenger and cargo services to destinations around the world.
- CLICK HERE for a list of cities served by BNA.
- CLICK HERE for a list of airlines serving BNA.
- CLICK HERE for information on the Nashville Air Cargo complex.
Additionally, Sumner County is directly served by two general aviation airports. Sumner County Regional Airport (M33) is located in Gallatin and Portland Municipal Airport (1M5) is in Portland.
Sumner County offers direct access to the North-South Corridor with Interstate 65, and the East-West Corridor with Interstates 40 and 24. All three interstates intersect within 20 miles of Sumner County. In addition, Sumner County's state and local roadways offer excellent access to these Interstates, as well as within the County. This access continues to improve. From 1996-2006, Sumner County ranked 10th of 95 counties in Tennessee in terms of road construction expenditures by the State of Tennessee.
The map below represents transit times from Sumner County by truck:
Likewise, Sumner County's strategic location makes it an ideal location for businesses that utilize common shipping methods. See the maps below for average ground shipping times from Sumner county with the two major shipping companies:
The Cumberland River forms the southern border of Sumner County and offers full river barge access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains the channel depth at 9 feet and numerous commercial operators use the river. The map below shows access to waterways.
CLICK HERE to see a copy of the 2007 Tennessee Waterway Assessment Study.