Pittsburg-based Jake's Fireworks expands operations, leads as 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 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.

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