Gianforte, Strohmaier tour massive new Amazon warehouse in Missoula

At 2:30 a.m. every morning, about two dozen workers show up to a giant new Amazon warehouse outside of Missoula to sort through between 7,000 and 10,000 packages and get them ready to be delivered in the area. It’s organized chaos, with a very refined and precise system that’s been honed over the years to maximize efficiency.

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Greg Gianforte, Missoula County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier and other city officials were in town for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new 72,000-square-foot delivery station. It’s the first operational facility in Montana for Amazon, which is the world’s largest online retailer and the second largest retailer behind Walmart. Amazon reported over $574 billion in sales in 2023, a 12% jump over the previous year.

The facility hired about 100 workers employed by Amazon and supports another 80 third-party contractors who drive the packages to customers within a 50-mile radius in all directions.

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Alecia Williams loads packages at the Amazon sorting warehouse in Missoula on March 27. Williams has worked at the facility for two

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