The Top Ten Recognized Businesses in St. Louis

image of a red pin sticking in a map of St. Louis — businesses in St. LouisSt. Louis is a city of many appeals: we covet our Cardinals every spring, and we bleed Blue during the winter (but we never talk about the NFL…ever). Our city features some of the most celebrated attractions in the nation, like the Gateway Arch and our one-of-a-kind Busch Stadium, complete with Ballpark Village. Consequently, St. Louis is also a great place for thriving businesses.

Today, we’re highlighting some of the most nationally and globally recognized businesses in St. Louis and how their work influences the way people in our city work and live.

The Most Renown Businesses in St. Louis

St. Louis’ ability to produce intelligent, success-driven employees who want to positively influence their city and the world has created an ideal home for the following high-profile corporations:


“Anheuser-Busch’s roots date back to the mid-1800s when a large number of German immigrants arrived to St. Louis, mainly due to political upheavals in Germany and Bohemia in 1848. With the large migration of Germans to St. Louis the principal industry in the area soon became brewing beer. These immigrant brewers introduced a new style of beer to the United States: Lager. Lighter, crisper and more difficult to brew, Lager beer requires more time and care than other styles of beer. In a short time, Budweiser would go from a local favorite to the King of Beers around the world.” — Anheuser-Busch

Panera Bread (a.k.a. St. Louis Bread Company)

“We care about the simple things: freshly-baked breads, attention to detail, a warm place to gather and our local neighborhoods. That’s why at Panera Bread bakery-cafes, bakers spend their nights baking breads in stone deck and convection ovens before we open our doors each morning. This overnight effort ensures that everything from your morning bagel to your late afternoon sandwich was baked fresh, that same day. We apply this same dedication to all of our cafe items, from fresh, crisp salads with unique flavor combinations, to our savory selection of soups. At the end of each day, we donate unsold bakery products to the community and then start all over again.” — Panera Bread


“For 50 years, we’ve been using our technology and expertise to make payments safer, simpler and smarter. We don’t issue cards, but we do make payments happen around the clock, around the world. We believe it pays to give back; through our philanthropy and payment innovations, we’re making a positive impact in communities around the world.” — Mastercard


“The Energizer® brand is synonymous with world’s first innovation and emerging technologies. Beyond power and portable lighting, our real product is bringing positivenergy™ so that you can do, enjoy, and accomplish more than you ever expected.” — Energizer

The Boeing Company

“Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.” — The Boeing Company

Nestlé Purina

“[When we make Purina pet foods,] we start with wholesome ingredients that meet or exceed government standards, and manage the processing every step of the way to ensure the product quality. [But] quality pet foods are just the beginning. From our leading-edge research, to innovative programs like ‘Purina Pets For People’ in the US and Pet Care School in Italy, we’re always looking for new ways to help pets and the people who love them.” — Nestlé Purina

Sunnen Products Company

“Sunnen Products Company has been a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of bore sizing and finishing equipment, engine rebuilding equipment, and tooling and abrasives since 1924. [We are] committed to providing a broad offering of catalog products and custom engineered solutions in a way that exceeds the expectations of our customers.” — Sunnen Products Company

Edward Jones

“Edward Jones serves nearly 7 million investors from more offices than any other investment firm in America. We attribute a great deal of our success to our principles and personal, long-term approach to investing.” — Edward Jones


“Monsanto is a sustainable agriculture company [that is] focused on empowering farmers—large and small—to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. We do this with our leading seed brands in crops like corn, cotton, oilseeds and fruits and vegetables. We also produce leading in-the-seed trait technologies for farmers, which are aimed at protecting their yield, supporting their on-farm efficiency and reducing their on-farm costs.” — Monsanto

Spire (formerly The Laclede Group)

“Spire’s natural gas utilities and other related businesses work together to enrich the lives of the 1.56 million customers we serve across Missouri and Alabama. Our gas marketing business maintains the balance between our natural gas supplies and our customers’ needs, ensuring the highest reliability at the lowest costs. And we’ve tapped into the growing market of cleaner-burning natural gas vehicles that can conveniently support business fleets of all kinds.” — Spire

Want to learn more about businesses in St. Louis?

St. Louis is a large city full of burgeoning businesses and innovation; we could not list all of these organizations in this single article. If your favorite St. Louis business didn’t make our short list, tell us in the comments section below! What businesses deserve to be in the Elevate STL spotlight? Why did you select the business you chose? What does the business do to positively influence our city? Would you be interested in Elevate STL working with this business to produce future content?

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