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Specialized Industry

Putting the Pieces Together with the Freightway

Epicenter of International Commerce & Logistics

75+ companies operating large distribution facilities

More than $130 billion of the country’s annual GDP

Manufacturers in the St. Louis region are plentiful, diversified, and span a wide range of industries. Some of the area’s major manufacturing sub-clusters include:

  • Aerospace and defense (Boeing, LMI Aerospace, GKN Aerospace)
  • Aircraft parts and assembly (Boeing, Jet Aviation/General Dynamics)
  • Automotive (General Motors)
  • Breweries and distilleries (AB InBev, Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly, Luxco)
  • Fuel and organic chemicals (Conoco Phillps, Abengoa Bioenergy, Center Ethanol)
  • Metal manufacturing and recycling (Grossman Iron & Steel, PSC Metals, Alter Trading Corporation)
  • Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer, Sigma-Aldrich, Mallinckrodt, PierianDx)
  • Soaps and cleaning compounds (Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Dial, Reckitt Benckiser)

There are more than 2,600 manufacturing firms in the St. Louis region including such major players as Anheuser-Busch, Dial Corporation, Procter & Gamble, Phillips 66, Boeing, Mallinckrodt, and many others (US Census Bureau Economic Census 2012). The long operating history of these companies operating within the St. Louis region demonstrates the area’s manufacturing expertise and utilization of the talented region workforce in successfully producing goods and growing their businesses.

Diversified Pipeline Service

Available pipeline capacity is a major asset for area manufacturers and energy companies such as Boeing, Ameren, BP, Phillips 66 and CenterPoint. The St. Louis region is a major node within the international network of pipelines transporting crude oil, petrochemicals and natural gas from all across the country– ensuring consistency of price and supply. Converging in St. Louis are six interstate natural gas pipelines and nine refined product pipelines.

Phillips 66’s largest U.S. refinery is in Wood River, Illinois, and supplied by multiple pipelines from both Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. Built in 1917, the Wood River Refinery complex currently operates across roughly 2,200 acres of land and employs more than 1,100 employees, including onsite contractors. The refinery produces a high percentage of transportation fuels such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt and coke. Wood River’s finished materials are transported via pipeline, barge & ship, tank truck, and railcar.

Crude Capacity

157,000 Barrels Per Day

Total Capacity

166,000 Barrels Per Day

Gasoline Capacity

75,000 Barrels Per Day

Distillate Capacity

55,000 Barrels Per Day

Clean Product Yield Capability


Nelson Complexity Factor


Source: Phillips 66 Website – Wood River Refinery Profile