Supporting Midwest Manufacturing Jobs and American Exports

Manufacturers — Midwestern U.S.

Manufacturers of automobiles, heavy machinery, and farm equipment move goods on the NEC to the Port of Baltimore for export (see map below). These companies include manufactures such as John Deere, Caterpillar, and Case New Holland. Their products travel on rail via a 30-mile segment of the NEC between Perryville, Maryland and Baltimore.

Multiple automobile manufacturers, including Ford, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, utilize the NEC to bring their products to market. For one major automobile manufacturer, approximately 60 percent of its total exports use the NEC, bound for the Port of Baltimore or the Port of Newark, New Jersey. This manufacturer also uses the NEC to transport automobiles to dealerships throughout the Northeast, representing approximately 30 percent of the domestic market. If this manufacturer were no longer able to utilize the NEC, it would have to transport automobiles via car haulers to reach Northeast dealerships, which this manufacturer estimates would result in an addition $150 to $200 increase in per vehicle freight costs.

photographs by bill mcallen2007By Bill McAllen
Farm equipment manufactured in the Midwest at the Port of Baltimore for export. Photo courtesy of .