Saturday, October 15, 2005

Detroit area ranks fifth in logistics-friendly study of MSAs

The Detroit area is the fifth-most logistics-friendly metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the nation, according to a recent study by Logistics Today and Expansion Management magazines.

Logistics, the operational activity associated with the prompt delivery of raw materials and finished products, continues to play an integral role in the success of businesses everywhere - especially as the global marketplace expands.

The research project, called Site Selector, examined and scored each of the country's 362 MSAs in 10 logistics-related categories, ranging from road conditions and congestion, to cargo, railroad and water port access.

Road infrastructure, vehicle taxes and fees, and the transportation and distribution industry (T&D) and T&D work force were also looked at.

The New York MSA came in at number one, followed by Houston, Chicago and Cleveland. The Detroit MSA - defined as Detroit-Warren-Livonia - took fifth, up one spot from last year.

To see how Detroit scored on each of the 10 categories in the study, or to view study-data for any of the 362 MSAs, please click here.

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