Representatives from 1ST Phorm, US Capital Development, the City of Fenton, Missouri, and hundreds of other guests gathered June 21, for a ceremonial ground-breaking to mark the official start of construction on the new $20 million, 182,400-square-foot facility that 1st Phorm will occupy by early next year at the Fenton Logistics Park in Fenton, Missouri.
1st Phorm manufactures sports nutrition products. With growth occurring at the rate of $20 to $30 million each year, 1st Phorm is relocating its expanding operations to Fenton Logistics Park, moving from its location in Green Park Industrial Court in South St. Louis County that it has occupied since 2013.
Once complete, the 182,400-square-foot facility will house more than 400 employees and feature an auditorium, gym, locker rooms, media rooms, podcast room, basketball court and full kitchen. 1st Phorm is on track to outgrow its current space, and the new one-story, tilt-up building will provide the room it needs to continue to expand operations and staffing. The facility will feature both office and warehousing space, and company sales representatives and coaches, customer service representatives and warehouse employees will all work from the new space.
1st Phorm joins a list of diverse tenants that have already moved into Fenton Logistics Park, including BJC’s Clinical Asset Management Division, CoreLink, Alkem Labs, Beckwood Press Co., Hubbel Killark and BASF.
With the addition of the new 1st Phorm facility, U.S. Capital Development will have invested more than $111 million in developing Fenton Logistics Park and delivered 50 percent of the industrial space planned within the park.
M+H Architects is serving as the architect on the 1st Phorm project, while Stock & Associates will serve as the consulting engineer. Alper Audi, Inc. will serve as the structural engineer. CBRE’s Jon Hinds and Katie Haywood represented USCD and Noel Fehr, with NAI Desco representing 1st Phorm in the deal.
US Capital Development is now finalizing plans for Building VII, which is slated to be a 192,800-square-foot facility and should break ground in 90 days. As it continues to be built out and additional tenants are lined up, Fenton Logistics Park is expected to feature nearly 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing, logistics and warehouse space; 480,000 square feet of office/warehouse and flex space; 182,500 square feet of retail, restaurant and hotel space, and 105 acres of land owned by the BNSF Railway for anticipated additional railroad services.
The overall development has the potential to result in 2,500 to 3,000 permanent jobs, pumping an estimated $135 million in wages to the region.