When Amazon announced its first fulfillment center in Missouri in 2018, the retail giant expected to hire around 1,500 workers at its facility in St. Peters. Today, that location is 6,000 employees strong and growing.
Local officials point to a variety of factors behind Amazon’s success in St. Peters, including high median household incomes, livability, and the ease of doing business in Missouri.
“Critical factors such as the availability of shovel-ready sites, FasTrac development assistance from the City of St. Peters, and easy access to the regional labor shed are what drew Amazon to the area,” said Scott Drachnik, President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of St. Charles County. “Amazon has been very successful in St. Peters, thanks in part to a strong base of online shoppers with one of the highest median household incomes in the state.”
Amazon employees at the more than 800,000 sq. ft. fulfillment center pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, electronics and toys. The facility features innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.
“The incredible growth at Amazon is an amazing example of St. Peters being a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. “Their growing commitment to St. Peters demonstrates the value of our FasTrac process for our St. Peters’ business family.”
FasTrac is an initiative launched by the City of St. Peters to accelerate development projects by providing expedited proposal review and a streamlined permitting process.
Amazon has been investing heavily in Missouri in recent months. In April, Amazon announced plans to open a new delivery center in Blue Springs, Missouri. In February, Amazon announced plans to open a new “sort center” in St. Louis, and in November, Amazon announced its newest distribution and fulfillment center in Republic. The company also put more than 1,000 Missourians back to work following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.