Sterling Illinois is centrally located to bring your business rapid access to major markets throughout the Midwest and the world without the hassles and expense of a metro location.

  • A congestion-free intermodal transportation network

  • Abundant and affordable labor, utilities and sites

  • Proactive, business-friendly communities

  • And an excellent quality of life

Our central location is backed by a strong transportation network, saving you time and expense:


  • I-88 (a key east/west route)
  • I-39
  • I-80
  • I-74


  • Main line for Union Pacific Railroad
  • Direct connections to West coast, Chicago, Clinton, Iowa port, and Global III Intermodal hub

Air Service

  • Whiteside County airport (4 miles from Sterling)
  • Quad City International airport (50 miles from Sterling)
  • Chicago Rockford International airport (66 miles from Sterling)
  • O’Hare International airport (111 miles from Sterling)

Major Motor Carriers

  • Rock River Cartage
  • Con-Way Central Express
  • Dohrn Transfer Company
  • Northern Illinois Transit

Major Ports