Bakery jobs return to Joplin

Less than a year from its closure, a former bakery manufacturing site is coming back to life with 60 new jobs. HS Baking teamed up with Joplin leaders and Gov. Nixon’s office Tuesday to announce the company’s decision to locate its snack and cracker operations in Joplin at its new flagship bakery.

HS Baking’s more than $8 million Joplin expansion project includes the purchase of new equipment and a manufacturing plant that was previously operated by General Mills. Renovations will be underway over the next few months to build and install a new manufacturing line to produce a new line of snack and cracker products. The company will immediately recruit candidates for a variety of positions, including but not limited to, purchasing manager, plant engineer, packaging operators, oven and dough machine operators, and other office and warehouse positions.

“Our whole team is excited to come to Joplin and kick the factory into high gear with the help of members of the Joplin community,” said HS Baking Plant Manager Max Jones.

“This facility has a nearly 70-year history of baking quality products, and it is wonderful to see it coming back into operation so quickly after it was shut down,” said Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert. “We appreciate HS Baking for its investment in Joplin and for its sincere recognition of the proud history of this facility and its people.”

In addition to supplying valuable labor market research to support job creation in the Joplin region, a team from the Workforce Innovation Board conducted extension outreach before and after the company announcement to help ramp up recruitment efforts. The WIB helped organize a job fair for HS Baking at the Joplin Job Center. The event runs 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 20th and 1o to 2 on Thursday, the 21st.

“Investments by great companies like HS Baking are the reason why Missouri leads the Midwest in manufacturing growth and our unemployment rate has been below the national average for more than two years,” Gov. Nixon said Tuesday at the press conference. “Missouri makes what the world wants, and we are proud to partner with HS Baking as they create new jobs right here in Joplin.”

This is the second major food operation expansion for Joplin in recent years, coming just two years after Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing cut the ribbon on its flagship $90 million factory, where today it employs more than 150 full-time employees. Last year, Joplin was selected as the new home of global building manufacturer Owens Corning’s new plant, also a $90 million investment into the community and a projected 100 new jobs.

Media Coverage of HS Baking Investment in Joplin