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New Coca-Cola distribution center opens in Joplin industrial park

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A grand welcoming for Coca-Cola's new spot in Joplin on Wednesday.  The company's new distribution center is in Joplin's Crossroads Industrial Park.

Plans were discussed to expand Joplin's old distribution center before the tornado, but that disaster put things on hold.

Coca-Cola officials say the new center has added 50 new jobs, doubling the jobs at that facility.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says the opening is representative of the state's strong economic appeal.

"What we're seeing is an economy that's rebounding because we've stuck with our plans, and that plan is to stay a low tax state, stay a low regulation state, focusing on creating jobs by training workers," says Governor Nixon.

The Joplin distribution facility will ship out about 2.5 million cases of Coca-Cola products every year.

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