Boeing Announces $1.8 Billion Plan Near Airport That Will Add 500 Advanced Manufacturing Jobs

Performance Foodservice Middendorf planning to add nearly 100 new jobs in North County

The metro got a big boost today with two major advanced manufacturing announcements, led by Greater St. Louis, Inc. executive-level investor The Boeing Company, which announced plans for a $1.8 billion advanced manufacturing facility adjacent to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The project would add 500 new high-paying advanced manufacturing jobs to the regional economy.

A committed corporate citizen, Boeing has a strong partnership with St. Louis Community College with the Boeing Pre-Employment Program, where over 1,000 graduates have been hired. They are also a major driver of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Center-St. Louis, currently under development near Ranken Technical College in North St. Louis City.

“The plan announced today by Boeing demonstrates their continued commitment to St. Louis and to the future of advanced manufacturing in our metro,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., which has been engaged on the project for more than a year.

Boeing St. Louis is the largest manufacturer in the state of Missouri, with approximately 15,700 employees and has a strong supplier base, with 351 vendors in the state, with purchases exceeding $670 million.

Advanced Manufacturing Expansion in North St. Louis County

Performance Foodservice Middendorf added to today’s great news on advanced manufacturing, announcing plans to expand operations in the metro with a new facility in NorthPark in North St. Louis County. Once the new facility is complete, the company anticipates adding 100 new jobs to its 315 existing jobs.

“Announcements like these result from collaboration on behalf of the metro by committed stakeholders, demonstrating the power of speaking with one voice as a metro” added Hall. “We look forward to continuing our work with Boeing and Performance Foodservice Middendorf on these projects and with our partners to keep growing St. Louis’ advanced manufacturing sector.”

Partners collaborating on these advanced manufacturing proposals include Greater St. Louis, Inc., Ameren, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Spire, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Louis Development Corporation, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and St. Louis Lambert International Airport.