The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 12, 2014

Jo Ellis: Two large building projects under way in Carthage

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A $2.5 million building permit has been issued by the city engineer’s office to Schreiber Foods.

Andrew Tobisch, director of communications for the Green Bay, Wis., company, said the local plant is making renovations and additions, both internally and externally, to its site at 1112 W. Fairview Ave.

The Haskell Co., a design, engineering and construction company based in Jacksonville, Fla., is the contractor on the job, according to the permit.

Tobisch said the improvements will leverage the company’s technology “to be more competitive in the marketplace.” The project will bring additional benefits, he said, because of its proximity to the large distribution center, also on Fairview Avenue.

He expects completion sometime this fall and said the company is planning on hiring additional “partners” around the same time. (Since 1968, Schreiber has operated under an employee stock ownership plan, and its workers are known as partners.)

This past fall, the company completed a 250,000-square-foot corporate headquarters on a two-acre site in Green Bay.

The company is the leading supplier of store-brand cheese to the grocery industry and is the largest supplier of processed cheese to the food service industry. Its own retail brands are American Heritage and Cooper.

Schreiber Foods is a $4.5 billion global business with more than 30 production and distribution centers. Four of those sites are in Missouri: Clinton, Mount Vernon and Monett, as well as the one in Carthage.

Heritage State Bank

Also under way is a permanent home for Heritage State Bank. Although ground was broken for the new building on Nov. 14, Steve Swearengen, manager of the local branch, said there have been more days when construction was impeded by weather than when it was not.

The building permit was issued in the amount of $948,192, with G&G Construction as the builder.

Located at 2813 The Loop, at the intersection of Interstate 49 and Route HH, the new bank will contain 3,400 square feet on the main floor, with a full-size basement beneath. The increase in size will provide conference rooms, additional safe-deposit boxes and space for community functions, Swearengen said.

“We are at capacity in this building; every seat is filled,” he said. More hiring is possible after the new quarters are finished, possibly around the end of May.

“It is our plan and our hope that this growth will increase our volume of business,” Swearengen said.

The architecture will feature a facade with red brick and white columns, Swearengen said, adding that it is a traditional Colonial-style design similar to that of most of the bank’s other branches.

Heritage State Bank’s home office is in Nevada, and other branches are doing business in Lamar, Sheldon and El Dorado Springs.

ADDRESS CORRESPONDENCE to Jo Ellis, c/o The Joplin Globe, Box 7, Joplin, MO 64802 or email

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