Global e-commerce giant Amazon recently opened its new distribution center in Ashland, Missouri. The new facility is expected to create more than 100 new jobs in the region.
The 47,000 square foot distribution center is the first Amazon facility located between the Kansas City and the St. Louis metro areas. The company said its purpose for opening in this location is to meet the growing customer demands.
“It’s just a great opportunity so it’s kind of a historic site for Amazon, being the first Amazon site in mid-Missouri, and it’s just an opportunity to deliver packages even faster,” said Amazon Operations Manager Bruce Bax.
Amazon has invested heavily in the Show-Me State in recent years.
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. Amazon opened its new 1.3 million square foot fulfillment center in Republic, Missouri, in August of 2021.
The company also put more than 1,000 Missourians back to work following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Missouri provides an ideal location for Amazon due to its central location in the U.S., low cost of doing business, and highly skilled labor force.