JOPLIN, MO.--- Jasper County commissioners move forward in a plan to bring one of the nation's largest pet food companies to the area. Today, the commission approved selling more than $6 million worth of bonds for Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing.
The company is building a plant in the Crossroads Industrial Park west of Joplin. The bonds will cover equipment costs. In October, the commission approved issuing up to $55 million in industrial revenue bonds for the company. The bonds were an incentive to bring them to the county.
"They're going to provide more jobs for Jasper County and the area. We feel like it's again just moving forward," said Jim Honey, Jasper County Commissioner.
Workers with the Joplin Chamber of Commerce say the plant is expected to be complete mid-spring, and will ramp up to full operations by the end of the summer. The company will have 150 employees.
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