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Joplin Chamber of Commerce President gives economic development update

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Tonight Joplin Chamber of Commerce President Rob O'Brian gave an update to the city council on economic development in the area over the past year.

O'Brian says Cook Portable Warehouses and ABLE Manufacturing & Assembly, LLC have both brought a recent increase in jobs.

In 2014, ABLE Manufacturing received some money from a Revolving Loan Fund, which allowed the company to grow from having around 250 employees, to more than 300 today.

O'Brian says the completion of the new Mercy Hospital and Joplin High School will also bring a change in dynamics.

"Particularly that big scale commercial construction, there probably are not projects on the horizon, at least now, to take the place of those," O'Brian said. "On the other hand, Mercy will finally have the facility and the square footage again to begin filling jobs."

O'Brian also expects there to be further economic development near Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing, where a new interchange project will soon break ground, ultimately creating better interstate access to the area.
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