“There is a long history here at this facility, and we are just so excited to have you all be the next chapter in the history of this great building,” said Mike Seibert, Joplin Mayor.
Which means the new HS Baking operation will be up and running by the end of the year. It’s 60 jobs and a $3 million investment upfront.
“There will be growth,” said Max Jones, HS Baking.
Estimated to swell to twice that many jobs and another $5 million investment in a plant had been operating in Joplin for nearly 70 years.
“We’re going to start out with some snack bars. They’re individually wrapped snack bars, okay? And it’s distributed to like more school programs,” said Jones.
Those treats, and the jobs that come with them, are big news at the corner of Junge and Maiden Lane and even hit home for the state’s top executive.
“The fact that they’re going to do things in there that are extremely similar to what was done before means that the workforce here, some of the folks will be coming back to work at a place they thought was shuttered and gone. The emotional win of an economic development win like that is significant,” said Jay Nixon, Missouri Governor.
Governor Jay Nixon points out that Missouri has seen tens of thousands of new jobs in the last several years, with Joplin playing an important role in the state’s economic growth.
“These days it’s very competitive. If everybody’s not rolling in the same direction, you don’t get ribbon cuttings, you get projects in other states,” said Governor Nixon.
HS Baking is expected to open for business in November, but will start the hiring process much sooner. They’ll hold a job fair at the Missouri Career Center in Joplin on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They’ll be making the same types of products, like cookies, crackers and snack bars.