Strategically located at the apex of the Central-Florida economic triangle, at the confluence of I-75, the Florida Turnpike and CSX Rail’s main, eastern-seaboard freight line, Sumter County represents a distribution hub unique in the state.
The county’s unique combination of transportation arteries and multimodal systems makes Sumter an ideal distribution hub for businesses considering regional, national, or international product distribution.
Major transportation arteries include Interstate 75, the Florida Turnpike, US Highway 301, and State Roads 44, 48, 50, 470 and 471. Add our proximity to no fewer than 3 deep-water seaports and 3 international airports, and you’ve hit the transportation trifecta of land, sea and air.
CSX rail is an integral element of the Sumter County transportation hub. CSX rail runs the entire north-south length of the county, providing Sumter businesses major distribution advantages. CSX has undertaken an expansion of the rail yard in Wildwood, FL which will be a prime benefit to future rail business development in Sumter County.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.
Airports and Seaports
Sumter County is located approximately one hour from both the Tampa and Orlando International Airports. Sumter is also served by a regional airport, capable of international jet traffic (with a US Customs office on site), at Leesburg Regional Airport. Sumter County is perfectly positioned to access the ports of Tampa, Manatee, Jacksonville, and Canaveral. This proximity and access make Sumter County a prime candidate for an inland seaport and the many commercial benefits that come with that designation.