Elwood was a sleepy little village next to the Joliet Arsenal. Then Centerpoint Properties bought the decomissioned military land and turned it into an ultra-modern logistics park and warehouse district, complete with Foreign Trade Zones. The BNSF intermodal network connects the Midwest to the Los Angeles docks where commodities flow in from Asia. Just a few miles north, Union Pacific does the same. Welcome to the containerized pulse of the world economy.