ICYMI: Sports nutrition firm to move to Fenton – Leader Publications

A company called 1st Phorm will soon add a $20 million facility to the Fenton Logistics Park – the former Chrysler plant, the company reported in a written statement.

The company, which sells sports nutrition products, broke ground on the new facility on June 21, according to the report.

The 182,400-square-foot facility is expected to open in early 2020, when 1st Phorm will move out of its current location in Green Park Industrial Court in south St. Louis County and relocate to the new facility, the report said.

The company, which has about $200 million in sales every year, has been in the Green Park Industrial Court location since 2013, according to the report.

The new facility will bring 300 to 400 jobs to the area, said Jared Connell of 1st Phorm.

He said the company currently has more than 100 employees.

Connell said the company’s CEO, Andy Frisella, has wanted to relocate the company to the Fenton Logistics Park since 2008.

“That’s why we picked out the location,” Connell said.

For the groundbreaking last month, 1st Phorm executives arrived by helicopter, which was a way to make the event unique and fun, Connell said.

“We take pride in being the best at everything and we take pride in doing stuff most people won’t do,” he said.

Hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking, including other 1st Phorm employees and Fenton officials, the report said.

The new 1st Phorm facility will have both office and warehouse space, as well as a gym, locker room, media rooms, basketball court, auditorium, podcast room and kitchen.

“We are bringing Silicon Valley facilities to the Midwest,” Connell said. “We want it to rival something like Google or Oakley headquarters.”

M+H Architects is doing the architectural work for the project, Stock & Associates is the consulting engineer, and Alper Audi Inc. is the structural engineer, the report said.

Other companies that have facilities at the Logistics Park include BJC’s Clinical Asset Management Division, CoreLink, Alkem Labs, Beckwood Press Co., Hubbel Killark and BASF Railway, according to the report.

The former Chrysler plant has 648,411 square feet of completed space with more than 1,000 employees, the report said.

U.S. Capital Development, a real estate development company, has now invested more than $111 million into the park. The company has brought 50 percent of the businesses to the park, according to the report.

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