In August 2018, health innovation giant CVS cut the ribbon on its new retail distribution center in Kansas City, Missouri. The new distribution center added more than 360 new jobs to the Kansas City area, as well as an additional 70 to 100 jobs through work with local businesses.
“CVS Health is creating 360 good paying jobs; jobs that will support area families,” Governor Mike Parson said at the time. “That’s a good story in and of itself, but on top of that, this facility will ship products to 500 CVS Pharmacy locations all over the Midwest. It all starts here. It starts with CVS Health and the partnerships that made this project possible. That’s something that CVS Health, all of Kansas City and all of Missouri can be proud of.”
CVS Health selected Kansas City because of Missouri’s high-quality workforce and centralized location. The 762,000 sq. ft. distribution center supports the service and fulfillment needs of more than 500 CVS Pharmacy locations throughout the Midwest by reducing the driving distance for these deliveries and, as a result, significantly reduces carbon emissions and helps improve highway safety.
“We are proud to create new jobs and contribute to the economic growth and development of the greater Kansas City, Missouri area. We appreciate the leadership of Governor Parson and all of the state and local officials here who worked with us to make this project a success,” Thomas Moriarty, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy and External Affairs Officer, and General Counsel of CVS Health said at the time. “As our business continues to grow, this new facility is a critical part of our infrastructure to ensure we can best serve our customers throughout the Midwest region and beyond.”
But the company wasn’t done with its investment in Missouri yet. In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health innovation leader invested once more in its Kansas City distribution center. The new investment created 200 additional jobs at the site.
Centrally located in North America, Missouri is an ideal home for distribution centers. Pepsi, Dollar Tree, Chewy and Amazon are just a few of the 21,000 transportation and logistics companies that have chosen Missouri as the best place for their distribution centers.