The city is located near the center of the 48 contiguous states, and it is connected to all compass points by a network of highways, waterways, rail lines and airlines. That makes transportation infinitely flexible. Manufacturers like Fort Smith because it’s easy to move products out. Shippers like it because they can leverage the savings to be had in water or rail transportation or the time to be saved by plane or truck. Families like it because Fort Smith offers the friendliness and hometown values of a small town while just a hop, skip and a jump from larger cities.
To the near north are Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas and the other attractions of northwest Arkansas; a wider circle presents Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Dallas and Kansas City, Mo. Beyond that, Memphis, St. Louis and Houston are within a day's drive.
This proximity makes major connections and distribution channels a simple equation.
In all directions, your market is within your reach. Maybe that's why so many major corporations are located here, such as ABF Corp., Baldor Electric Co., Rheem Manufacturing, Graphic Packaging, O.K. Industries, Gerber Products Co., Pernod Ricard, Georgia-Pacific, Mars Petcare and Kraft Heinz (Planters Peanuts).
Whether you're traveling by land, sea, air or even rail, the Fort Smith Region enjoys the benefits of being a major transportation hub for the mid-South. Home to many major corporations and more than 300,000 people, the region takes advantage of all major modes of transportation to help people get where they desire to go
The Fort Smith Region is easily accessible from Interstate 40 — the nation’s main east/west corridor stretching from North Carolina to California. The I-540 extension also allows for easy north/south travel especially between Fort Smith and northwest Arkansas including Fayetteville, Rogers and Bentonville. According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Depart-ment, more than 32 billion miles are driven on these roads each year.
The Fort Smith Public Transit also provides public transportation and operates passenger mini-buses that run Monday through Saturday.
The service is only $1.25 and offers curb-to-curb service along four routes through the city. The city also operates a 25-seat trolley that travels through Fort Smith'ss downtown and historic districts.
For more information or for schedule and routes, call (479) 783-6464.
The Fort Smith Regional Airport is a vital transportation outlet for the citizens of western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Established in 1939 with two sod runways, it has quickly grown into a major airline terminal with full air transportation access. Two airlines offer daily flights to and from Fort Smith with service to Atlanta and Dallas.
These regional airlines offer one-stop service to practically anywhere in the world from the nationally renowned first-class terminal.
A complete FBO services military and general aviation alike, and the airport’s two runways can accommodate the largest aircraft in the world. TAC Air — (479) 646-1611 — offers complete FBO services with excellent customer service. The Fort Smith Regional Airport is conveniently located five miles east of downtown Fort Smith and offers short- and long-term parking at competitive rates.
The Port of Fort Smith on the Arkansas River offers access to a 9-foot, ice-free channel, open year-round with low-cost transportation between Fort Smith and all points reached by navigable waterways. Port services are available with numerous carriers that serve Fort Smith. The public port is in operation with two on-site warehouses — an 80,000-square-foot heated warehouse and an additional 17,200-square-foot warehouse. The port also has another 120,000-square-foot warehouse located off-site. The port has two docks, two cranes with a 65-ton capacity and lift trucks with a 30,000-pound capacity.
The Port of Fort Smith is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System that runs through the heart of the nation. The waterway not only connects the Fort Smith Region to ports of the world but also with America’s entire inland waterway system from Houston and New Orleans to Pittsburgh and Minneapolis. For more information, call the Fort Smith Port Terminal at (479) 785-2837.
Five Rivers Distribution and Consolidated Terminals & Logistics services the Port of Van Buren. Five Rivers Distribution has the newest intermodal port facility on the Arkansas River System. The port is located at river mile 299 and is served by Union Pacific and A&M Railroads. Five Rivers has three handling docks, one of which is covered and served by a 60,000-pound overhead crane that traverses the length of the 76,500-square-foot climate-controlled U.S. Customs Bonded Warehouse.
Commercial and passenger rail service is provided by the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad — (479) 751-8600; the Fort Smith Railroad — (479) 782-2511 — and the Kansas City Southern Railroad — (816) 983-1372. These providers offer freight service to Fort Smith and one shipment daily from Fort Smith.