The 18,000-square-food headquarters will be an all access space for the company's drivers.
Alcatraz LLC, a certified woman and immigrant owned trucking company, received a subsidy package for the construction of their new headquarters building. The company plans to construct a new 18,000-square-foot headquarters at 9768-9772 Green Park Industrial Drive in south St. Louis County.
Owners Agnes and Ziggy Matukin, both immigrants from Poland, lived in New York City when their trucking experience began. After seeing a steady supply of shipments from the east to west coasts, the Matukins decided to move to St. Louis to be in the middle of it all. They didn’t plan on having an enterprise, but as demand grew the company went from just one truck to 85 semi trucks and 215 trailers. The company now has 130 employees with annual revenue of $20 million.
In May, St. Louis County lawmakers gave final approval to a subsidy package for the trucking company’s new headquarters, a property tax abatement at 50% of new investment over 10 years. The legislation also authorized the government’s issuance of $4.5 million in Chapter 100 bonds, which provides a sales tax exemption on construction materials, to finance a portion of the project. This new project is estimated to generate $289,271 for the taxing jurisdictions over the life of the abatement.
In return, Alcatraz agrees to create 25 new full-time jobs by 2026. The couple is also working with a local attorney to help qualified immigrant drivers relocate to the St. Louis region from Europe, Canada and Mexico.
According to the Matukins, the new headquarters will be a reflection of their treatment of their drivers. The building will have 24-hour access to showers, bathrooms, a gym, laundry and kitchen.
“The new building offers room to expand operations in trucking and education programs,” said Michelle Stuckey, vice president of business development at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. “Alcatraz has also expressed interest in partnering with nearby Mehlville School District for educational and career programs.”