Amazon will have more than 4,000 employees in the St. Louis area spread between the new St. Peters building, two similar distribution centers in Edwardsville and two smaller sortation centers in Hazelwood. The new high tech fulfillment center will be the size of 14 football fields.
This morning St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann joined Rob Dixon, Missouri’s Director of Economic Development, in announcing a new state-of-the-art fulfillment center in St. Peters. This is Amazon’s first fulfillment center in Missouri. The company aims to have it up and running by Spring of 2019 and will hire 1,500 new workers to staff the high tech plant.
Amazon employees at the more than 800,000 square foot fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
“We’re excited to continue growing our team with our first, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Missouri,” said Sanjay Shah, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Customer Fulfillment. “Our ability to expand in Missouri is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce. Amazon is committed to providing great opportunities for employment and creating a positive economic impact for the region.”
The economic development team says it speaks volumes about how Amazon views the State of Missouri.
“Amazon’s choice to locate in Missouri speaks to our strength as North America’s logistics center,” Rob Dixon, Director of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development said. “Our central location, international airports and extensive highway, rail and river networks position Missouri as an ideal location for this new facility.”