Joplin adds sweet spot for state economy

The Missouri Partnership for the month of December is looking back at the Show-Me State’s top 31 economic development projects for 2016. Today’s feature includes HS Baking, which selected Joplin for its flagship bakery. On July 20, HS Baking, an advanced manufacturer of baked goods, announced the grand opening of their flagship manufacturing plant in Joplin, Missouri. The facility represented more than $8 million in investment and brought with it more than 60 new jobs to the region.

“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.”

General Mills previously operated the facility and HS Baking cited the abundance of highly skilled and available talent as one of the leading reasons for their choosing of the Joplin site.

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

 

Missouri is a center for advanced manufacturing excellence with a robust food production sector supported by a cost-competitive, pro-business and innovative environment, exceptional talent and extensive training programs

“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,” said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “Missouri makes what the world wants, and we are proud to partner with HS Baking as they create new jobs right here in Joplin.”