Amazon to open first Missouri fulfillment center, creating 1,500 jobs

Amazon plans to open its first Missouri fulfillment center in St. Peters, the company announced Wednesday.

The building will bring 1,500 full-time jobs to the area and is slated to open May 2019. Often equipped with robotics technology, Amazon fulfillment centers serve as rapid, mass distribution facilities and allow for next-day and same-day deliveries in surrounding areas.

In all, Amazon will have 4,000 employees spread among the new 855,080-square-foot fulfillment center, two distribution centers in Edwardsville and two sortation centers in Hazelwood.

The deal would bring over $42 million in payroll to the city of St. Peters, the St. Louis Regional Chamber said. State economic development officials say Amazon is investing $175 million in the new facility. Ameren will invest $10 million to build a new substation to power the Amazon facility and other nearby tenants.

Amazon is up for a $7.95 million local and sales tax exemptions. St. Louis Charles County is also chipping in $3 million to help build necessary infrastructure in the area. Amazon will also be eligible to get up to $100,000 through the Skilled Workforce Missouri Program.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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