Boeing is adding a production facility to MidAmerica Airport as St. Clair County Transit District continues to move forward on light rail expansion to the airport. The Boeing Co. is building a production facility at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah that will be used to make the U.S. Navy’s first aircraft-refueling drones. Representatives of the defense contractor joined Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state and local officials for a news conference on September 17 at the airport to announce the project.
In 2020, The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) Board of Trustees approved a $9.4 million contract with WSP USA for the engineering and design services associated with the 5.5-mile, light rail expansion project set to extend the MetroLink alignment in Illinois from the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. This project is being completed in partnership with Bi-State Development/Metro Transit and Gonzalez Companies with $96 million in funding through Governor Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois Plan passed in 2019.
The project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024 and will provide much-needed transportation services to the growing MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, which is home to numerous businesses. Current tenants include Allegiant Airlines, Boeing, Aviation Materials and Technical Support (AVMATS), the Army National Guard and North Bay Produce.
Boeing already has begun moving dirt for the 300,000-square-foot facility, and it will be built on 34 acres that the company is leasing from MidAmerica, which is owned by St. Clair County. The airport is east of Scott Air Force Base.