Montana to Indiana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Helena to Fort Wayne is a very heavily traveled route.
The Helena, MT to Fort Wayne, IN freight shipping lane is a 1,612 mile haul that takes more than 25 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Montana to Indiana ranges from a minimum of 1,079 miles and over 16 hours on the road from Hammond, MT to Gary, IN, to over 1,957 miles and a minimum driving time of 30 hours on the road from Rexford, MT to Patriot, IN. The shortest route from Montana to Indiana is along the I-94 E corridor; however there is a more southerly route that uses the I-90 E, traveling through Billings, MT and Rapid City, SD.
Named after the Spanish for “mountainous country,” Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, many of which form part of the Rocky Mountains in the west of the state. Its unofficial nickname, Big Sky Country, refers to the huge expanses of flat open plains in the eastern part of Montana, which provide fertile ground for agriculture and ranching and cover 60% of the state’s territory.
The major cities of Montana include Missoula to the east, Billings in the south and Great Falls. State capital Helena, Butte and Bozeman are also major population centers. Thanks to its size, geography and the Continental Divide, the weather in Montana can vary dramatically. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the US was in Montana (-70ºF) and the valleys and mountains can attract fog that is difficult for even experienced Montana trucking companies to navigate.
Indiana is a state on the mid-eastern side of the United States bordering Lake Michigan. Indiana is a state that operates on the industrial side of the economy, in fact, a large percentage of the states workforce has employment in the manufacturing section, making Indiana the leader for manufacturing employment in the United States. Indiana’s leading exports are heavy in the automotive industry with motor vehicles and auto parts, but also includes industrial and electrical equipment, pharmaceutical products, and medical equipment. Indiana also operates in the agricultural sector being the fifth largest producer of corn in the united states. Indiana’s main north-to-south artery is I-65, which runs from the southern end of the state from Kentucky, and continuing north through Indianapolis until it reaches the northern end the state, where it connects to the I-94 and I-90 where it continues into Michigan and Illinois. Also connecting Illinois to Ohio is the I-74 which runs from the eastern end of Indiana to the western end of the state.
Montana to Indiana Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Montana is mostly agricultural, and Indiana is mainly industrial, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailer as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Montana and Indiana are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.