Under normal circumstances, Coca-Cola would have already settled into its new distribution center at Crossroads Center in Joplin.
The building that originally was planned for that purpose is being used as East Middle School following the May 22, 2011, Joplin Tornado.
The distribution center, now in another site in the industrial park, will have its grand opening 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning (tomorrow). The event is not open to the public
Dignitaries scheduled to attend, according to a media advisory issued by Coca-Cola include Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin City Council members, and Joplin Schools Superintendent C. J. Huff. Music will be provided by the Joplin High School Band.
WHAT: Grand opening of Coca-Cola Refreshments’ new home in Joplin. This state-of-the-art, 56,000 sq. foot distribution center will serve as a hub for sales and distribution operations across parts of Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas. Coca-Cola has located 50 jobs to the facility, bringing the company’s total workforce in Joplin to more than 100 people.
Coca-Cola has been a vital part of the Joplin community for more than 100 years, longer than any other local company. Coca-Cola had intended to open a new Joplin distribution center in 2011. However, in the aftermath of the May 22 tornado, Coca-Cola chose to delay plans and offered the facility for the temporary use of the Joplin School District.