Access NW Markets
Hermiston is perfectly located at the cross-roads of the Northwest, just 3-4 hours from the key markets of Portland, Seattle, Boise, and Spokane. The intersection of Interstate 84 and Interstate 82, just minutes from Hermiston's Cook Industrial Site, also makes northern California, Utah, Montana, and British Columbia all accessible from this central location.
Hermiston boasts all of the components for a truly multi-modal transportation hub. The city is less than 5 minutes from two interstate highways, is home to the intersection of two Union Pacific main lines, and sits just miles from a refrigerated Columbia River Port. See a map of this extensive transportation infrastructure HERE.
Distribution & Logistics
"Geographically, Hermiston was an efficient location for us to build a full center." -Brian Anderson, FedEx Freight, East Oregonian, Sept. 2011
Wal-Mart and FedEx are both currently taking advantage of Hermiston's efficient location, and outstanding transportation infrastructure with their distribution centers. Because Hermiston is committed to distribution & logistics as a key component of its economic development mix, the city joined with other partners across the state to hire Foote Consulting Group to perform a distribution center analysis of the region. This analysis shows that in all aspects (freight, labor, electricity, taxes, etc.), the Hermiston-area is the best place in the Northwest to locate a distribution and logistics facility.