Distribution & Logistics in Pittsburgh, PA

Wherever in the world you need to get your product, you can do it from here. Logistics and distribution companies in Pittsburgh, PA, have four key advantages: geography, talent, infrastructure and resources. In Pittsburgh, small businesses and corporations alike benefit from the region’s ideally situated logistics and distribution channels.

In Pittsburgh, the entire logistics process, from procurement to inventory management and point of sale, is streamlined. Cleveland, Ohio, Washington, D.C., New York City, Indianapolis and Philadelphia are all within a 400-mile radius. A world-class interstate highway system, inland port and domestic and international flights connect Pittsburgh to the world. Not to mention, Pittsburgh has a growing distribution and logistics management workforce, 26,000+ strong.

Our direct distribution efforts ensure that our products reach end consumers effectively. Meanwhile, our involvement in indirect distribution networks strengthens the overall infrastructure of the supply chain ecosystem. Read on to learn how distribution and logistics companies in Pittsburgh move quickly, safely and sustainably throughout the entire process, from warehouse to end user.

“Cargo continues to be a major focus for us, and the downstream economic benefits are substantial for the region.”

Photo credit: Allegheny County Airport Authority
Christina Cassotis
CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority

THE ECOSYSTEM

Nestled in a region that is safe from many natural disasters — meaning fewer disruptions to the supply chain — Pittsburgh is served by carriers in road, rail, air and water. We are within 500 miles (a day’s drive) of:

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Photo credit: Justin Calvin

Nestled in a region that is safe from many natural disasters — meaning fewer disruptions to the supply chain — Pittsburgh is served by carriers in road, rail, air and water. We are within 500 miles (a day’s drive) of:

  • 136 million people
  • 48% of U.S. businesses
  • 45% of U.S. and Canada populations
  • 63% of national industrial output
  • 53% of U.S. buying income
  • 23 of the top 50 U.S. metropolitan retail markets, plus Montreal and Toronto, Canada

We offer:

  • 3 Class 1 Railroads
  • 4 Interstate Highways
  • 5th Busiest Inland Port in the U.S.

By Air:

Pittsburgh International Airport is home to both domestic and international direct flights.

  • 125 nonstop destinations served by a dozen different carriers – including key business hubs
  • 2017 ATW Airport of the Year
  • 2020 Fast Company World’s Most Innovative Companies
  • First major U.S. airport powered entirely by its own microgrid
  • Ability to ship parts made at its Neighborhood 91 campus anywhere in the world within 24 hours

In addition, the region also offers nine other county airports.

2,773

manufacturing establishments

$14.6

Gross Regional Product

86,000

industry employment

$9B

capital investment (2010-2020)

50+

leading global manufacturers have world headquarters in Pittsburgh

Neighborhood 91

the first full ecosystem development tailored to the additive manufacturing supply chain

Talent

We are, quite literally, a region of movers and shakers. If you need to get something from point A to point B, we are the people who do it best.

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95,000

people employed in manufacturing

45,000+

degrees conferred annually, including 5,500 technology degrees and certificates

#1

metro for college graduates by LinkedIn and Trulia

5,200

annual grads in manufacturing-related fields

We are, quite literally, a region of movers and shakers. If you need to get something from point A to point B, we are the people who do it best.

  • 79 regional academic institutions
  • 45,000+ degrees conferred annually, including 5,500 technology degrees and certificates
  • #1 metro for college graduates by LinkedIn and Trulia
  • More than 41,000 people employed in the transportation and warehousing sector
  • About 600 truck and bus driver/commercial vehicle operator and instructor program graduates in 2018-2019
  • 3 million workforce
  • 490K millennial (25-39) population
  • 94,000+ talent employed in ecosystem

DISTRIBUTION-RELATED COMPANIES

In Pittsburgh, we don’t just sit at the crossroads of the flow of goods. We manufacture most components that make reliable, efficient transportation (and distribution processes) possible, from robots and batteries to software and 3D-printed materials.

  • Aurora: a company that makes self-driving technology for a broad set of vehicles. Their technology, called Aurora Driver, makes transportation safer, smarter, and easier to use.
  • Bombardier: a transportation leader embracing innovating in its people movers, trains and planes. Their advanced technology harnesses big data, artificial intelligence and green technology.
  • Hitachi Rail: a   full-service provider of rail services and products.
  • Pitt Ohio: a transportation and logistics provider committed to revolutionizing sustainable trucking. Pitt Ohio uses renewable energy at its terminals through its patented microgrid. 
  • Seegrid: a developer of autonomous mobile robots that automate material handling, making facilities safer and more productive
  • Stack AV: an autonomous trucking startup focused on solving logistics and supply chain issues with its AI-powered technology
  • Wabtec: a global provider of rail and industrial solutions that improve safety, efficiency and productivity. Notably, Wabtec created the first-ever all-electric freight locomotive, the FLXDrive. 
Freight train traveling along the riverway in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ecosystem Support

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Allegheny County Airport Authority

The Allegheny County Airport Authority oversees and manages the Pittsburgh International Airport as well as the Allegheny County Airport. The authority invests in its employees, customers, airlines, and partners to drive innovation, regional growth, and prosperity in global aviation. The Pittsburgh International Airport is currently building a new $1.4B terminal engineered for the future and tailored for customer satisfaction. Committed to sustainability, from construction to operation, the new terminal will provide a seamless and efficient passenger experience.

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Port of Pittsburgh

The Port of Pittsburgh is a river traffic region spanning twelve counties. It encompasses essentially all 200 miles of commercially navigable waterways in southwestern Pennsylvania, including the three major rivers: Allegheny, Monongahela and the Ohio. The Port of Pittsburgh has 17 locks and dams and supports over 200 river terminals and barge industry service suppliers. The port makes water transportation of goods to and from distribution centers in Pittsburgh, PA, seamless.

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Rail Access

With over 1,300 miles of freight railway, Pittsburgh has a strong regional network of rail access, simplifying the fulfillment process for everything from raw materials to finished goods. The region has three Class 1 railroads (CSX, Norfolk Southern and Canadian National) and one intermodal terminal (Norfolk Southern).

Stunning neighborhood outside Pittsburgh, PA.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission keeps Southwestern Pennsylvania connected and moving forward. The commission helps counties, cities, municipalities and townships access approximately $39B in state and federal transportation and economic development funding through 2045. 

Timelapse of Pittsburgh freeway at night.
Traffic Club of Pittsburgh

The Traffic Club of Pittsburgh is a membership-based organization. It arranges educational events, provides scholarships to college students, and convenes individuals and businesses in the transportation industry. 

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Transit Authorities

The Pittsburgh region is home to Pennsylvania’s second-largest public transit agency: Pittsburgh Regional Transit. Pittsburgh has both urban and rural transportation options, providing reliable transportation that meets the needs of residents.   

Company Success Stories

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Photo credit: Wabtec Corporation
Wabtec

won a $1 billion+ contract in July 2022 to upgrade 600 locomotives for Union Pacific through the addition of digital solutions and innovations.

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WESCO

a leading provider of business-to-business distribution, logistics services and supply chain solutions, was named to the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year in 2022.

Lift moving through warehouse.
Photo credit: Seegrid
Seegrid

which specializes in autonomous mobile robots, recently closed on $52 million in growth equity financing.

Truck driving through Pittsburgh.
Photo credit: Locomation
Locomation

which creates autonomous trucking tech solutions, marked its fourth anniversary in 2022 with growth in employees, a new commercial contract and on-road autonomous vehicle testing.

R&D

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute: Overseen by Carnegie Mellon University, this public/private entity focuses on research and development of automation methods.

The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh: Since 2014, the school has attracted $6 million in grants from America Makes, the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the National Science Foundation and Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania.

In addition to university-based resources, more than 40 R&D centers call the Pittsburgh region home. A selected list includes:

  • Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Center
  • Alcoa and Arconic R&D Center
  • AMPCO
  • Allegheny Technology Inc.
  • Siemens Mobility
  • US Steel Technical Center
Swanson School of Engineering building at Pitt.
Photo credit: The Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh

Startup Culture

We are a leading innovation hub and an emerging global startup ecosystem. We also are a hub for autonomous vehicle research and design and home to a cluster of rail system design and research firms.

Some examples of our startup culture include:

  • Idelic
  • Seegrid
  • IAM Robotics
  • Maven Machines
  • Capsen Robotics
  • CDL Warrior
  • Propel IT
  • Gather AI
  • Locomation
  • BluLine Solutions
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Contact Us

Molly Hobba
Manager, Business Investment, Industrial & Manufacturing