Excellent access to transportation has historically drawn industry to Blue Island. The Rock Island Railroad and the Cal-Sag Canal are credited for early industrial growth in the community. Today, Blue Island is the site of one of the nation's largest rail freight facilities. Nearby Interstate Highways 294, 94, and 80 enhance the community's claim to transportation diversity. Midway Airport and O'Hare International can be reached in under 30 minutes and an hour, respectively. Close to 40 motor freight terminals are located within 10 miles of the city. Blue Island has a link to the St. Lawrence Seaway via the Cal-Sag Canal and Lake Michigan.

Ranked as one of Chicago Southland's oldest industrial communities, Blue Island maintains a stable population. It is a headquarters location for 17 manufacturers employing more than 9,500 workers. Electronic equipment is a dominant factor in the wide range of durable goods produced in the community. Modern Drop Forge, Clark Oil, and G & W Electric are representative of the city's industry.



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