Pittsburg co. top US fireworks distributor

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A southeast Kansas company that is the top distributor of consumer-grade fireworks in the U.S. is moving into an expanded facility in time for the Fourth of July.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/11d3L90 ) that Jake’s Fireworks in Pittsburg has operations in six states and China. Company officials joined with 100 employees, and local and state leaders Monday to cut the ribbon on a 500,000-square-foot operation on 48 acres in the Pittsburg Industrial Park. The building previously was occupied by Superior Industries.

City leaders recommended approval of a $700,000 loan at an interest rate of 3 percent on a three-year term for the space.

In return, the company must create five new jobs each year for three years. The company also made a sizable investment in renovating and improving the building.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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