Refresco North America, a food solutions company, announced plans to expand in Missouri and invest nearly $7 million in its facility in Joplin. The new investment is expected to create 95 new jobs in the region. Refresco’s total employment will grow to about 270 people once the expansion is complete.
“This is a significant long-term investment that will allow us to continue to grow so we can meet the needs of our customers,” said Tom Jablonsky, Vice President of Operations at Refresco North America. “We are thrilled to be able to expand our team in Joplin and offer manufacturing jobs in the community for years to come.”
Refresco is the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages for retailers and branded beverage companies, with production in Europe and North America. The company has 27 plants and 3,600 employees in North America, and more than 10,000 employees worldwide. The Joplin plant manufactures fruit juices and other hot-filled beverages in more than a dozen bottle sizes and 23 packaging configurations.
“The MOKAN Partnership works alongside chambers of commerce and economic development partners to identify needs and advance business opportunity,” said Tony Robyn, Director of the MOKAN Partnership. “We have deep discussions with partners like Refresco NA on their growth and expansion needs and are fortunate to be able to have the incentives and program tools available to help them grow in our region. In such a competitive business climate, it means a lot to the people and community here when a business doubles down on their investments and relationships.”