Grocery distribution center to add jobs in Republic

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 | 11:44 a.m. CST

REPUBLIC — Gov. Jay Nixon joined leaders from the southwest Missouri town of Republic to announce plans for a new grocery distribution center that is expected to create 400 jobs.

A news conference was held Tuesday to discuss details of the 400,000-square-foot warehouse.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development says the McLane Company Inc. could receive up to $4 million in tax credits if it produces the jobs as promised. McLane is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Republic's economic development director, Gail Noggle, says the center is expected to open in the third quarter of 2010.

City Administrator Jim Krischke estimates that about 260 more jobs will be added in "spin-off jobs," and hundreds more in business supply, delivery services and maintenance of the facility.


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