Colorado has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, there is opportunity for various industries to grow, and using 3PL warehousing is crucial to storage and transportation of goods. If your company is looking for 3PL Warehouse Companies in Colorado there are some important factors to consider. Colorado has long been deemed a transportation hub because of its location. It sits in the middle of the country and is also centralized between Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. There are options to look at when deciding which city in Colorado best suits your company’s 3PL warehousing needs.
3PL Warehouse Companies in Denver, Aurora, Boulder, and Fort Collins
Denver, the state capitol, has deep roots as a supply hub. The city was founded in 1858 and quickly expanded with the gold rush. Once the surrounding area had been mined, Denver was transformed to a supply hub for the mining operations in the mountains. Denver became the central point for shipping goods across county by railway. In August 1870 with the completion of the Denver Pacific line, it was finally possible to embark on a train on the east coast and disembark on the west coast. In the 1920s Denver financed the Moffat Tunnel through the Rocky Mountains which shortened the distance between Denver and the Pacific coast by 176 miles. The Denver Municipal Airport opened in 1929 and was declared “the West’s best airport.” Although there were no pressurized airplanes at the time, when those flights did begin, Denver was ready and asserted itself as a major hub for air transportation. Prior to World War II, Denver’s economy was primarily based on shipping. When the war began the Federal Government used Denver as a location for its activity as it is far from either coast. After the war, oil, gas and energy boosted the economy and growth of the Denver-Metro area.
In 2015, Denver was ranked number one on Forbes’ 2015 list of Best Places for Business and Careers, “The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area, home to 2.8 million people, is attractive for its diverse economy, and highly educated labor force. Companies are increasingly choosing Denver as the site for new operations or to relocate.” According to Business Insider Colorado has the third strongest economy in the country, “With Denver’s central location between the densely populated coasts making the city a natural hub, air transportation and telecommunications also have an outsize share of Colorado’s employment.” Denver has long been a transportation and storage hub for the country and with the economy continuing strong growth it is poised to be and ideal location for many years to come.
3PL Warehouse Companies in Colorado Springs
Located south of Denver, Colorado Springs is another large city in Colorado, and the next major hub outside of the Denver-Metro Area. Colorado Springs sits within view of Pikes Peak, one of Colorado’s famous 14,000ft summits, and in the 1850’s was the first Pikes Peak region settlement during the gold rush. The Pikes Peak region became one of the most popular travel destinations in the late 19th century United States, domestic and international travelers came to experience the high altitude, sunshine, mineral waters, and dry climate. The Colorado Midland Railroad began running to Colorado Springs in 1885, and the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad service began in 1889. Colorado Springs grew by 164% when 11,140 people settled in the town between 1880 and 1890. The Tesla Experimental Station operated beginning in 1899 on Knob Hill. During World War II Camp Carson was established in the southern part of the city. In 1951, the United States Air Defense Command moved to Colorado Springs and opened Ent Air Force Base. In 1951 Camp Carson became Fort Carson and the United States Air Force Academy was established. NORAD’s main facility was built in Cheyenne Mountain and opened in 1966. The military presence and the associated industries have continued to boost Colorado Springs’ economy.
Colorado Springs has been experiencing growth along with the rest of Colorado. The city has its own large airport and central access to major highways. It is ranked well in Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers, coming in at number 37. “We are seeing a good trajectory in our economic base that is generating a decent wave that I hope we will be able to ride through the end of the year and into next year,” said Tom Binnings, senior partner of Summit Economics LLC. “The local economy is producing about 5,000 new jobs a year, and while the population is still growing faster than that, job growth is coming the closest to keeping up with population growth since at least 2000.”
Colorado has a long history of being a national transportation hub. It is consistently ranked among the best places to live and work. The highways running north to south and east to west make it an ideal hub location for ground transportation. Colorado has large airports in both hubs, Denver International Airport and Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, making air transportation easy and accessible. There are several other large cities in Colorado including Grand Junction in the west and Pueblo in the south. Colorado is an ideal central location for your company’s transportation and warehouse needs. Contact us to find out the best locations and solutions for your 3PL warehousing needs.