Transportation and Distribution

The Salem area is developing a growing reputation as a prime transportation/distribution hub for those doing business in the Northwest.

The Mid-Willamette Valley is located within 60 miles of two of the largest population centers in Oregon; 50 miles south of Portland and 60 miles north of Eugene.

The ability to use Interstate 5 makes Salem a prime transportation and distribution hub in the West. Interstate 5 intersects with Highway 22 in Salem, providing additional connections east to Idaho and west to the Oregon Coast.

Airports and seaports

The Salem Municipal Airport offers service for private jets and cargo. Salem is also in close proximity to the Port of Portland’s seaport facility, Portland International Airport (PDX), and the Aurora Airport.

Compared with other locations on the west coast, Salem’s advantages include:

  • Competitive industrial power rates
  • Central location with easy access to major west coast distribution
  • Competitive land pricing
  • Competitive development fees
  • Streamlined and expedited permitting
  • Financial incentives

“Salem is a logical choice for companies looking to move their products in the 1-5 corridor,” said Scott Cantonwine, president and CEO of Cascade Warehouse in Salem.

Mill Creek Corporate Center

The Mill Creek Corporate Center in Salem is an ideal location of more than 500 acres for warehousing and distribution. It is two miles from Interstate 5 and is centrally located between Portland and Eugene (Oregon’s two largest population centers). This site provides proximity to rail, water, and air transportation modes. The Mill Creek Corporate Center is home to FedEx and Home Depot Rapid Deployment Center.

“Salem is a key location on the 1-5 corridor,” said Scott Smith, vice president of May Trucking Company. “We value the location for its ease of access, good economy, and access to services. Because of these factors, we’ve made Salem the location of our corporate headquarters.”

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Annie GorskiEconomic Development ManagerUrban Development Department
Mailing address:
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301