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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

Nearly 600 more acres will be available to attract business to the Joplin area.

The Joplin Industrial Development Authority has announced that property on 32nd Street, near the site of the Range Line bypass, is under development.

JIDA is the owner and developer of the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park on North Range Line. Nearly all of that land has been developed and sold to industries.

JIDA officials said they hope the new park will set the stage for additional growth. The park will be marketed for distribution and light-manufacturing businesses.

Based on feasibility studies on the new park site, and the success of the current industrial park, consultants estimate more than 2,000 people eventually will have jobs in the new park.

The JIDA expects it will take 10 years before the park is fully developed.

The Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corp. is a privately funded economic development group that raises money and builds speculative buildings that are marketed to industries.

The JBIDC currently is marketing a building on the last tract in the North Range Line park. That structure is the JBIDC's fifth building in the park. The four others have been sold to manufacturers.

The most recent sale was made to Norandex Vinyl Products Co., which bought a 105,000-square-foot building, then doubled its size for a vinyl siding plant now in operation.

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