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Transportation & Location


Nestled within the northeastern corner of Indiana is the growing county of DeKalb. The area runs along the Indiana-Ohio border and sits just north of the Fort Wayne metropolitan area (reachable approximately 25 miles south of Auburn). This ideal position places DeKalb County within one day’s travel of 1/3 of the American population.

A host of major roadways make their way through the county, ensuring quick and efficient local, regional and national travel. Interstate 69 runs north-south through the heart of DeKalb County, with Interstate 80-90 traveling east-west a short distance to the north. Commuters also have easy access to U.S. Routes 6 and 27, as well as State Routes 1, 3, 8, 101, 205 and 327. These arteries offer a valuable connection to major markets in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Chicago, Toledo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York.

Industrial rail service is provided by CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway, while passenger service is available through Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited Line, which runs daily between Chicago and New York City – making a stop at the Waterloo station at Lincoln and Center Street.

DeKalb County Airport Authority operates its own general aviation airport near Auburn, which features a 5,003-foot runway capable of handling corporate, charter and privately-owned aircrafts. The modern facility is complete with a pilots lounge, flight planning, meeting rooms, tie down and hanger space and car rental service. Located at the airport you will find a full-service FBO to handle all of your fueling and concierge needs (260-927-1845). It also houses the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association and the Hoosier Air Museum. For commercial air services, DeKalb County travelers utilize Fort Wayne International Airport – an easy drive south via I-69 at exit 99.

In addition to these prime transportation outlets in the area, businesses have easy access to two seaports within two hours of the county. The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in Portage is an important deep-water port on Lake Michigan that stands as one of the world’s largest inland harbors. The Toledo-Lucas County Port is also available. This full-service port is a multi-modal transportation center offering a seaport, rail station, two airports and Foreign Trade Zone 8.

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