Amazon officially opens mass distribution and warehousing center in the Republic

Hundreds of workers clocked in on Monday as the much-anticipated Amazon distribution center in the Republic has opened its doors.

According to a press release from Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, employees will pick, pack and ship large items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs.

Workers stopped for a photo op Monday with “STL3” written in large letters. A Republic fire truck joined the crowd.

Mayor of the Republic Matt Russell said that Amazon coming to Republic is “not the end of the sentence, it’s the beginning of the sentence” because of all the additional benefits it expects for the Republic community.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity,” said Russell. “They have been great working with them so far. We look forward to a great future of continued mutual success.

Many community leaders see the opening of the Amazon facility as the next step in Republic’s explosive growth, which has seen the city’s population nearly triple in the past 30 years.

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Other large employers like Convoy of Hope and CoxHealth have also announced plans in the Republic.

According to Amazon, the Republic facility will employ more than 200 people, with a starting salary of $ 15.50 an hour with benefits.

Amazon’s 1.3 million square foot distribution and warehousing facility in Republic is located in the city’s Garton Business Park on MM Road in Sawyer Road.

This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Amazon officially opens huge factory in Republic, Missouri

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