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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Pepsi MidAmerica is expected to bring about 74 jobs to southeast Missouri when it becomes the first tenant in a Cape Girardeau business park.

The Southeast Missourian reports thata $3.1 million customer service center will be built on 18 acres at the site. Construction begins in the next six months. The center is planned to be open by mid-summer 2015 at the park, which the city bought from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012.

The facility will distribute items from Pepsi's snack division, including Pepsi beverages, Starbuck's coffee, Gatorade and Frito Lay products.

Pepsi MidAmerica, headquartered in Marion, Ill., is the largest privately held Pepsi franchise in the nation and was offered an economic incentive package if it meets job creation and investment criteria.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com

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