Refresco to expand in Joplin, investing $30.5 million and creating 40 jobs

Refresco, a nationwide beverage bottling manufacturer, announced today that it will expand its Joplin location, investing $30.5 million and creating 40 jobs. The company’s expansion includes the addition of a new production line to increase capacity at its distribution center.

“We’re pleased to see a leading manufacturer like Refresco investing and creating jobs in Joplin,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Our state’s low costs, skilled workforce, and commitment to infrastructure are producing results, including in our southwest region. We look forward to this company’s continued success in Joplin and the benefits it will provide for Missourians in the area.”

Refresco’s production covers more than 70 manufacturing sites in Europe, Australia, and North America, providing customers with close proximity and reliable service. The company’s global supply chain expertise and innovation offers an almost unlimited variety of soft drinks, fruit juices, and other bottled beverages.

New jobs added as part of Refresco’s expansion in Joplin will pay an average wage well above the county average.

“Refresco’s growth in Joplin is creating opportunities that are helping Missourians prosper,” said Michelle Hataway, Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “This company’s decision to expand its existing location demonstrates our state’s ability to provide what businesses need to thrive. We appreciate all our partners who supported this project and helped bring additional investment and jobs to southwest Missouri.”

For this expansion, Refresco will benefit from the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. The company is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses with their recruitment and training needs.

What others are saying

“We appreciate the continued investments Refresco is making at its operation in Joplin,” said Joplin Mayor Doug Lawson. “As an industry leader and community partner, Refresco provides quality jobs that drive significant economic growth to the Joplin region. We value their commitment to Southwest Missouri.”

About Refresco

Refresco is a global independent beverage solutions provider for retailers and Global, National and Emerging (GNE) brands in Europe, North America, and Australia. The company offers services as a go-between for branded beverage companies and their retailers or contract manufacturers. Bottled beverage products produced by the company include energy drinks, water, sports drinks, carbonated soft drinks, juices, and more.

To learn more about Refresco, visit

About the Missouri Department of Economic Development

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) works to create an environment that encourages economic growth by supporting Missouri’s businesses and diverse industries, strengthening our communities, developing a talented and skilled workforce, and maintaining a high quality of life. As one team built around the customer and driven by data, DED aspires to be the best economic development department in the Midwest. Through its various initiatives, DED is helping create opportunities for Missourians to prosper.

For the latest updates on DED’s current or future programs and initiatives, visit DED’s website.

About the Missouri Works Program

As the state’s number one incentive tool for expansion and retention, the Missouri Works Program helps businesses access capital through withholdings or tax credits to embark on facility expansions and create jobs. This program can also help businesses purchase equipment to maintain its facility in Missouri.

About Missouri One Start

Missouri One Start is the state’s premier workforce recruitment and training division. It helps eligible businesses of all sizes stay competitive by providing customized recruitment assistance, along with resources to train and upskill new and existing employees. Its recruitment strategies and training programs are tailored to the specific workforce needs of the businesses it serves.