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Arkansas Company Chooses Joplin for New Warehouse Site

Governor Nixon hands the ceremonial shovel to President and CEO, Don Coenen. Credit: The Office of Governor Nixon

An Arkansas company broke ground Thursday on a new warehouse in Joplin, bringing with it the promise of new jobs. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has the story.

This will be the first facility outside of the Natural State for Don’s Cold Storage, which is based in Rogers, Arkansas. This new, 150,000 square-foot distribution warehouse will be located at the Joplin/Webb City Industrial Park. Don’s Cold Storage specializes in cold storage and transportation for industries around the country.

Corie Dawson is the accounting manager with the company. She says that the expansion will bring between 52 and 75 new Missouri jobs over the next two years.

 “Both the Governor and the Chamber were very aggressive about bringing us to the city with some good incentives, and so all the sites and locations we looked at, those then helped us decide that Joplin was the right place to expand.”

Scott Holste is the spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon’s office. The governor attended the groundbreaking ceremony. Holste says Nixon has been working hard to make the case that Missouri is an attractive place for out-of-state businesses to relocate to.

 “We think that we offer good infrastructure, we offer excellent hard working employees. We certainly believe we offer a good business climate for out of state businesses to locate here, and that was the case with Don’s [Cold Storage]. They added things up, and took a look at how Missouri compared to Texas and the bottom line is at the end of the day they chose Joplin to locate this particular warehouse.”

Holste says this new warehouse will amount to a $14 million investment into the local economy. He says ground-breakings like this one are a positive indicator that Missouri's economy is getting stronger, along with last week's state jobs report, which showed that Missouri’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent.

For KSMU News, I’m Shane Franklin.