E-commerce giant Amazon recently began construction on a new distribution center in Ashland, Missouri. The distribution center is set to open within the next couple of months and will create new jobs in the region.
“Well, if you have 300 trucks, what does that mean? 300 drivers,” Ashland Mayor Richard Sullivan said. “So that’s exciting because that means tons of new jobs not only for, potentially for Ashland, but for central Missouri, for Columbia.”
Amazon has been investing heavily in Missouri in recent months. In May of 2021, Amazon announced that its first fulfillment center in the state, which was expected to hire around 1,500 workers, is currently 6,000 employees strong and growing. In April 2021, Amazon announced plans to open a new delivery center in Blue Springs, Missouri, and in February 2021, Amazon announced plans to open a new “sort center” in St. Louis.
The company also put more than 1,000 Missourians back to work following the COVID-19 pandemic. Amazon also opened its new 1.3 million square foot fulfillment center in Republic, Missouri, in August of last year.
Missouri is a “Prime” location for the e-commerce company due to its central location in the U.S., low cost of doing business, and highly skilled labor force.