San Antonio Noted for its Key Logistical Location
Great story from Inbound Logistics magazine, noting San Antonio's recovery after the closing of Kelly AFB and why its geographic location is key for growth in manufacturing:
Today, San Antonio is growing, thanks to the base's metamorphosis into industrial site Port San Antonio, as well as a host of other efforts, from a community visioning project to rigorous international recruitment efforts and a dedicated approach to workforce development.
In December 2011, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio as the nation's best-performing city on its annual list of 200 metropolitan areas—up from 14th the prior year—and the city has been listed among the United States' most recession-proof cities by The Atlantic, Money, and other publications. San Antonio is the seventh-largest U.S. city by population, making it a formidable market.
For business logistics professionals, San Antonio offers not only a key highway crossroad, but a crossrail as well. Interstate 10, which runs east to west and stretches from Los Angeles to Florida, intersects in the city with north-south-running Interstate 35, which starts at the border in Laredo, Texas, and continues all the way to Canada, tracing the NAFTA corridor. The rail system also boasts both east-west and north-south rails. That means San Antonio serves as a vital connection point joining California coastal ports, the 600 Mexican maquiladoras dotting the border, the many Texas cities within 250 miles of San Antonio, and a long list of U.S. East Coast, Midwest, and Southeastern metropolitan areas.