By Wally Kennedy
Globe Business Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. - From U.S. Highway 71 on the west side of Carthage, the towering white box looms like a massive refrigerator.
That description fits more than its appearance. The new 150,000-square-foot distribution center for Schreiber Foods Inc. is a giant cooler for its cheese products.
"Everything is refrigerated, but the office,'' said Deborah Van Dyk, corporate spokeswoman for the privately held, Wisconsin-based company.
The company started shipping from the $27 million center on May 15. The center should be fully operational by the end of June after system operations are verified, she said.
On an average day, the center will manage 100 truck shipments. To help handle that traffic, the city and state are to begin construction in December of a new interchange at Highway 71 and Fairview Road.
The Fairview interchange, a longtime goal of city leaders in Carthage, will be financed by a Community Development Bloc Grant, plus a $1 million federal grant, and another $1 million in state and city money that have been earmarked over a period of years. The Missouri Department of Transportation has acquired the right of way for the project.
The center is 128 feet high and will add approximately 50 jobs to Schreiber operations in Carthage. The company has operated a cheese plant in Carthage since 1945.
City and Carthage Chamber of Commerce officials worked with Schreiber for nearly two years on planning for the center, including the expansion of the city's enterprise zone and annexation of company-owned property.
"Fairview, that's what we call it, is our largest distribution center in the United States,'' said Van Dyk. "The site was selected based on our customer base as well as the enthusiasm from the community and the state.''
In Missouri, Schreiber operates two plants at Clinton, and one each at Monett and Mount Vernon.
By Wally Kennedy
US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise
Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies.
Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March
The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate’s spring buying season is off to a weak start.
3M plant expansion to create 22 jobs
An $18.7 million expansion at the 3M Co. manufacturing plant in Nevada will create 22 new jobs, a company official said Wednesday. “We started 43 years ago as a small manufacturer,” said Todd Cantrell, plant manager, in a meeting with employees. “We are now the largest 3M plant in the state of Missouri and one of the largest of all 3M plants.”
First lady announces one-stop job site for vets
First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.
Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax
Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Feds seek $211K in fines from Minn. company
Federal safety regulators are proposing $211,000 in fines for a Minnesota agriculture company that authorities say repeatedly failed to make sure workers weren’t exposed grain dust hazards in Montana.
US stocks edge lower after a six-day rally
The stock market slipped Wednesday after rallying for six straight days as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies.
GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections
General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.
Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results
Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon’s elevation as host of “The Tonight Show.”
Valeant, Ackman make $45.6B Allergan bid
Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45.6 billion.
- More Business Headlines
- US stocks edge lower after a six-day rise