E-commerce giant Amazon opened its newest distribution and fulfillment center in Republic, Missouri. At the 1.3 million square foot facility, workers pick, pack and ship big items like patio furniture, outdoor equipment, and rugs.
“Amazon’s expansion in Republic and the 500 new jobs it will create will greatly impact the local community and Missouri as a whole,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson. “We are proud to see companies like Amazon growing in our state and creating more opportunities for our citizens.”
Amazon will become the largest employer in Republic when the facility is fully staffed and is expected to have a massive economic impact.
Amazon has been investing heavily in Missouri in recent months. In May, 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, Amazon announced plans to open a new delivery center in Blue Springs, Missouri, and in February, 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.
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.