Local logistics work means $2.5B reach, 19K jobs

The Dayton region often is billed as the Crossroads of America, and a new report says logistics and distribution companies here generate a $2.5 billion economic impact responsible for 19,553 jobs.

The report was commissioned by the Dayton Area Logistic Association, which is a program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. DALA contracted with the Center for Urban & Public Affairs at Wright State University to complete the impact study.

Growth locally in the logistics field — the moving of goods from businesses to consumers — has included new distribution jobs for White Castle, Payless, Meijer and Proctor & Gamble.

“Once you get a pocket of this industry going, it starts to attract other businesses,” said Holly Allen, director of marketing and communications for the Dayton area Chamber of Commerce “This shows international companies that Dayton already has a reputation as a great place for distribution facilities.”

The report said the logistics industry generates $2.5 billion in local sales, noting $855 million annually in labor income and $27 million in local sales tax and income tax revenues.

Much of Dayton’s success can be attributed to its location.

“Dayton has Interstate 70 and 75 north of town,” Allen said. “We also have the airport in the same area.”

DALA released the report Thursday in advance of the first Southwest Ohio Logistics Conference next week in Dayton. It will be held in the Sinclair Conference Center on Wednesday. The goal is to prepare for new jobs that could come to the Dayton area.

“We’re trying to create workforce development programs to train employees who area ready to go,” said Eric Joo, vice president of real estate development for Miller Valentine Group.

More than one dozen companies are expected to attend the conference.