Tracker Marine plans factory expansion in Missouri

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Bass Pro Shops Tracker Marine is adding 76 jobs in Lebanon, Mo., as the company undergoes a $15 million expansion.

Tracker Marine is expanding two of its Ozark-area facilities in Lebanon to meet increased demand, according to KY3-TV, an NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mo.

"We are extremely excited as a company to see our company continue to strengthen and grow," Tracker Plastics plant manager Derek Fritz told the network. "We're expanding the facility 50,000 square feet in order to support primarily kayak production."

It’s welcome news to a community that relies on manufacturing, according to the KY3 report.

"We've had a lot of history of manufacturing in this community," Mark Stombaugh, president of Lebanon Regional Economic Development, told the network. "[Bass Pro Shops Tracker Marine] has been successful over the long haul."

"I think it's an excellent deal for the community. I think everybody here should be excited to see jobs growing in a shrinking market across the nation," Fritz told KY3.

Lebanon bases nearly a quarter of its economy on manufacturing, which is greater than the state and national average. It's been a bumpy couple of years in the sector. In the United States, more than 3.2 million manufacturing jobs have disappeared since the start of 2000.

"There is still a little bit of uncertainty there, and nobody is jumping up and down because we are at the end of everything. But for the most part when we talk to folks they are excited about where things can go from here," Stombaugh told KY3.

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