Yes, the year was 1989. We remember the hair, the music, and the Berlin Wall. What you may not remember is the big step America’s Central Port took in building St. Louis as a distribution hub.
“The Korte Company built the first commercial warehouse building out here,” said Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director of America’s Central Port. “It was a 150,000 square-foot building.”
America’s Central Port is located in Madison County, IL, just across the river from downtown St. Louis. Today, the folks there handle 1.7 million square feet of warehouse space, 70,000 square feet of office space, a 150-unit apartment complex and 1,200 acres of property they lease to new companies that bring jobs. It’s a major part of St. Louis’ growth as a distribution hub.
Working directly with contractors and financial institutions, America’s Central Port has spent the past 25 years building strategically-located structures and putting in the supporting infrastructure necessary for efficient, cost-saving distribution.
“We were able to lower (distributors’) overall costs by putting some things like the roadway network in, the waterlines, utilities, storm lines, sewer lines,” Wilmsmeyer said.
They’ve built in rail service by Terminal Railroad Association, which includes access to all Class 1 carriers. They’ve provided access to major Interstate highways within 7 – 10 minutes. And they offer Mississippi river contact at Locks and Dam #27. They call it “main on main on main.”
By bringing together resources, property and transportation access, America’s Central Port has brought business to the region. In the heart of the Great Recession, between 2007 – 2010, they helped bring $300 million of new investment into our town — from new companies that bring jobs.
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