Hiring is continuing at Miracle Recreation Equipment in Monett. Construction has been wrapping up on the addition to the main plant on Highway 60 as parent company PlayPower consolidates all of its manufacturing into the Monett facility.
According to Jasen Jones, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Southwest Missouri, the latest round of hiring by Miracle ran from February to mid-March. Another round of hiring is expected in the spring, bringing the total to around 125 jobs added in Monett.
The Workforce Investment Board is a subcontractor for the United States Department of Labor and handles employment and training grants for the seven counties in southwest Missouri. The board works with the Missouri Career Center and MissouriCareerCenter.com to find employees to fill vacancies.
"We're starting to see some companies begin to hire again, expand a new product line or rehire staff," Jones said. "As far as I know, Miracle is the only one building."
PlayPower announced plans in October 2009, to close its Little Tikes plant in Farmington. A year ago construction began on a 60,158-square-foot addition to Miracle's County Road facility to consolidate PlayPower's 200-job plastic rotational molding into one location, bringing around 50 jobs from Farmington last summer.
Miracle erected three additions onto its Highway 60 facility as part of its latest expansion which began in November. Storee Construc-tion, of Strafford, put a 12,840-square-foot addition and a 3,000-square-foot addition over concrete loading docks on the north side of the plant. A 12,120-square-foot new building was added on the west side of the plant.
Monett Building Inspector George Rausch said no additional electrical power was needed for the latest additions. The new space appears suited for storage, allowing the interior of the older part of the plant to be better used for manufacturing. The new additions have only basic lighting and a sprinkler system.
The west addition on the plant is built with a stronger steel frame than would be typical for an exterior wall. Rausch said Miracle designed the addition to be expanded toward Bridle Lane to meet future demand for more space.
The latest additions on the Miracle facility represented a $659,302 investment in the Highway 60 plant, on top of the $1.4 million addition to the County Road factory completed last fall.