The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 29, 2013

Area’s manufacturing, distribution base touted by U.S. Rep. Billy Long, Gov. Jay Nixon during stops

JOPLIN, Mo. — U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon visited manufacturing and distribution plants in the area today to promote Missouri products and to see how companies are recovering from the economic downturn five years ago.

Long, embarking on his annual manufacturing tour this week, stopped today in Neosho, Joplin and Mount Vernon, and will visit Bolivar and Springfield on Thursday.

Said Long: “The ingenuity, creativity and hard work of American manufacturers helped build our nation. Our manufacturers are vital to helping keep our nation strong. I look forward to meeting with manufacturers and workers to see firsthand their efforts to grow our country’s manufacturing sector.’’

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, Missouri’s 7th District is home to 449 manufacturing operations that have 10 or more employees.

Nixon today attended the opening of the new Coca-Cola distribution center in Joplin’s Crossroads Center Business and Distribution Park.

Nixon said the company, which had had a presence in Joplin for more than 100 years, could have located its distribution center anywhere but chose Joplin.

“They could have looked at other place, but decided to keep it all here,’’ Nixon said, praising the company’s decision to not abandon Joplin after the tornado but instead participate in its recovery.


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