The Bradenton Area, which comprises all of Manatee County, is located on the south side of Tampa Bay. It is 50 miles west of Tampa on I-75; and by way of four-lane I-75 and I-4, the area is within 120 miles of Orlando and less than 250 miles from Miami on I-75. Manatee County and adjacent Sarasota County employ more than 9,000 people within the logistics & distribution industry cluster.
Leading companies that are rooted in this industry and call the Bradenton Area home include Tropicana Products Inc., Bealls Inc., and SYSCO West Coast Florida Inc. Amazon constructed a $200 million distribution facility just north of Manatee County in 2013.
Accessibility for logistics and distribution companies not only include interstate access, but also mainline rail provided by CSX Transportation, three international airports within an hour’s drive and close proximity to Port Manatee, the closest United States deepwater port to the Panama Canal.