Hundreds of jobs coming to Joplin market
Amazon currently hiring for new Joplin facility.
JOPLIN, Mo. – Amazon, yes that Amazon, is currently hiring in Joplin.
“They’re hiring three to four hundred people,” says Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce President Toby Teeter.
Amazon Logistics is remodeling a building in the Crossroads Industrial Park to use as a “last mile” distribution center. All of the three to four hundred jobs are part-time, starting at $15 an hour.
“Distribution centers from other parts of the United States will truck deliver parcel to this facility. Joplin employees will be sorting that parcel and putting it on Amazon branded trucks for delivery,” explains Teeter. “They’re flexible jobs. It’s perfect for a college student or a young that are wanting to get their feet wet. It’s part time, but there will likely be an opportunity for full time employment in the near future.”
But those aren’t the only jobs coming to the area.
“Altogether we’re looking at about a six, seven, eight hundred jobs all coming in at the same time,” says Teeter.
In the coming months, there will be a new ammunition manufacturing plant built in the Crossroads Industrial Park with will bring more than a hundred jobs.
Casey’s is building a new distribution center outside of the Crossroads Industrial Park, bringing an additional hundred jobs to the area.
KCU’s Dental School will bring more than 200 jobs.
And other manufacturing expansions — including Don’s Cold Storage, Refresco and Jasper Products — will bring more than a hundred altogether.
“It speaks volumes for the Joplin area as a whole, for the people here, that these companies have faith in us that we can help them out,” says Pam Regan with the Missouri Jobs Center in Joplin.
Regan says that before there were more new jobs brought to the area, there were already more than seven-thousand positions open around the area.
So with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics saying in November there was 2900 people in Joplin considered unemployed, the Joplin Chamber is working to bring more people to the area to fill positions.
A big part of that is the Choose Joplin campaign, that is being used to get people who grew up in Joplin to come back, or others to relocate.
“It’s an exciting time for Joplin that we are getting to that point where major industries and businesses are interested in relocating to our area,” says Regan.
The Missouri Job Center is currently doing a virtual job fair, which includes Amazon. You can find a link to the job fair here: https://sectorready.org/JOBFEST/