Transportation

The Iowa Bioprocessing Center boast superb transportation connectivity and has been one of the region’s strongest advantages. In fact, with a semi arriving at Cargill’s corn dump every 2.4 minutes, an excellent transportation system is vital to the success of the Iowa Bioprocessing Center.

Road Transport

For trucking, an uncongested four-lane highway connects the Iowa Bioprocessing Center to the national highway system. This relatively new highway connects from Des Moines to Burlington, and passes less than a mile from the Iowa Bioprocessing Center.

The region is fortunate to be located in the Central Midwest region of the country. Because of our central location, major population centers are easily reached within a day’s transport which allows the driver to stay within DOT parameters. Truck transportation of goods is common in the region. Numerous trucking companies serve and are located within the region.

Highways Serving Iowa Bioprocessing Center:

U.S. Highway 63
State Highway 137

From/To Iowa Bioprocessing Center:

  • Des Moines, Iowa – 64 miles (1.0 hours)
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa – 105 miles (2.0 hours)
  • Omaha / Lincoln, Nebraska – 210 miles (3.5 hours)
  • Kansas City, Missouri – 210 miles (3.5 hours)
  • St. Louis, Missouri – 265 miles (4.8 hours)
  • Chicago, Illinois – 302 miles (5.0 hours)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul – 313 miles (5.0 hours)

Rail Transport

The Iowa Bioprocessing Center is also fortunate to have excellent transportation services including two Class 1 railways operated by Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. In addition, nearby Ottumwa is the location of an AMTRAK passenger station and a rail line of the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad.

Air Transport

Commercial air service is available in Des Moines, a comfortable 70 minute trip on four-lane divided highway. Des Moines is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United. Hotels are located close to the airport, and airport parking is in a covered parking garage with immediate access to the terminal with no long walks required.

Ottumwa Regional Airport, Oskaloosa Municipal Airport, and Albia Municipal Airport are all located within the region, and are less than a half hour drive from the Iowa Bioprocessing Center.

Water Transport

The Iowa Bioprocessing Center is only 74 miles from the Mississippi River at Burlington or Keokuk, Iowa and their tug and barge services. Access from the barge landings is available by the four-lane divided US Highway 34 to Ottumwa and US Highway 63 to Eddyville. Barge landing docks in Burlington are available to handle virtually any barged cargo at the Burlington River Terminal, Inc. They have two landings capable of handling both dry and liquid cargoes.