Nebraska Coverage Area
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With access to service center locations across the state, ArcBest® has the ability to move freight into and out of Nebraska with ease. Utilize our portfolio of services — including LTL, truckload, expedite and warehousing — to streamline your supply chain and get your shipments where and when you need them. To get a quote, call 800-610-5544.
History of the Cornhusker State
The vast, rich farmland found within Nebraska’s borders is now considered some of the nation’s best, drawing farmers and ranchers from across the United States. However, it was not always this way. The name “Nebraska” comes from the Native American word nebrathka, which means “flat water” — likely due to the barren landscape initially found by pilgrims heading west. When the Homestead Act of 1862 became legislation, it changed Nebraska from an empty flatland into a thriving agricultural state.
Industries and Economic Growth
Fertile soil, abundant grasslands and natural irrigation from the landscape help create an environment perfect for growing plants and raising livestock. Because of this, Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in terms of agricultural production. Beef, corn, soybean, wheat, dairy products and potatoes are leading commodities in the state.
While agriculture does account for 40 percent of Nebraska’s economic output, other industries also impact the state’s economy. Nebraska’s low traffic congestion and business and labor costs, along with the absence of inventory taxes, make it a top competitor for business and living. Five Fortune 500 Companies call the state home, and numerous other industries operate within the state. Important economic sectors include manufacturing, telecommunications, information technology and mining.
Nebraska’s Evolving Transportation System
The Great Platte River Road, which runs through Nebraska, was a key component in the westward expansion of the United States. It helped guide those traveling along the Oregon Trail and Pony Express routes, and served as a path for emigrants and military travel. When President Lincoln signed off on the transcontinental railroad — which would connect Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California — the road was used less often. Once the 3,000-mile railroad track was complete, items found in the West could be easily and quickly transported to the eastern markets, which helped spur the development of the western economy as we now know it.
Today, Interstate 80, which stretches 482 miles across the state; seven national north-south highways; and two of the nation’s top rail systems provide access to the rest of the nation.
For information about shipping freight to or from Nebraska, call 800-610-5544.