COLUMBUS—The rise of e-commerce has helped make industrial realestate one of the nation's hottest property sectors, butcentrally-located cities such as Columbus have seen a disproportionate benefit, and lookingahead, should continue to outperform the national average.

“We view the Columbus industrial market as firing on allcylinders,” Dan Wendorf, a Columbus-based seniorvice president and supply chain specialist forJLL, tells The company just put out aspecial report on the industrial market here and the role it playsin the national distribution network.

According to the new study, 47% of the US population, and 33% ofthe Canadian, lies within a 10-hour truck drive of Columbus.Although that is comparable to Indianapolis, another giant in thedistribution business, Wendorf says “we can service the East Coastand the Southeast more efficiently.”

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.