Transport with Ease in the Fox Cities Region

The Fox Cities Region had exports totaling $1.59 billion as of 2009. In per capita terms ($4,145) this is well above state and the national figures. This is a testament to the speed and efficiency of domestic and international access to the region.

Businesses in the Fox Cities Region benefit from the ease of transporting products to customers and the convenience of obtaining raw materials from anywhere. Access to markets is also an advantage in the Fox Cities Region with a population within 500 miles of 59,010,655

Source: Stats America 2012

“With a solid technical and logistical infrastructure in place in the Appleton Region, we’re able to provide exceptional service to more than 250,000 customers (including 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies) in more than 100 countries.” – Marne Keller-Krikava, Corporate Strategic Planning Manager, J.J. Keller & Assoc.

Here are some of the highlights of the Fox Cities Region’s transportation infrastructure:



Outagamie County Airport (ATW) is conveniently located in northeast Wisconsin, just minutes from the City of Appleton. ATW is a federally certified commercial service airport and offers air cargo service provided by FedEx. ATW also has two runways with lengths of 8,002 and 6,501 feet.

In addition, Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay is a 30-minute drive from Appleton, and Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee is approximately 1.5 hours away.


The ports of Green Bay, 30 miles north, and Milwaukee, 100 miles south, provide easy access to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, thus allowing access to European markets. Both ports handle general cargo, heavy industrial machinery and equipment as well as liquid and dry bulk cargoes. Rail and truck services link the Fox Cities Region to these ports.


Wisconsin boasts a comprehensive network of toll-free, controlled access highways. Main thoroughfares in the Fox Cities Region include U.S. Highways 10, 41, and 45. Secondary passages are State Highways 47, 55, 76, 96, 114, 150 and 441.  Appropriate governmental agencies are currently in the process of upgrading Highway 41 to an Interstate Highway designation.

Trucking Service

Over 50 trucking and ten warehousing firms have operations in the Fox Cities Region. Services include local and long distance motor freight, contract and heavy hauling and liquid or dry bulk trucking. Load pooling and transfer services are also available.


Regular and reliable freight railway service is provided to many of the Fox Cities Region’s industrial parks by the Canadian National Railroad. In addition, trailer on flat car (TOFC) and container on flat car (COFC) services are available.

Public Transit

Valley Transit provides public bus and paratransit services within the Fox Cities urbanized area, including Appleton, Buchanan, Grand Chute, Harrison, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Little Chute, the City and Town of Menasha, and the City of Neenah.  Valley Transit is owned & operated by the City of Appleton, with funding from State and Federal transportation funds, as well as from the communities and counties served. In 2012, Valley Transit provided more than 1.27 million rides on all services.

Source: Office of Trade and Industry information, Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Garner Economics


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