Niagara Bottling to create 40 jobs in Coweta County
by Clay Neely
The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Thursday that Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, will establish a new facility in Coweta County.
The project, a $52 million investment, will create more than 40 new jobs in the Coweta area with the company building a new, 450,000-square-foot facility in Shenandoah Industrial Park.
The expected date of completion for the new facility is set for late 2014.
The facility will package and distribute private label water for its customers as well as the Niagara label. The facility will include one production line with a potential of up to four production lines in the future.
The project is a collaborative effort between the Coweta County Development Authority, GDEcD and Lee & Associates. GDEcD project manager Wylly Harrison assisted the project on behalf of Georgia.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with their company,” said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. “They offer single serve, private label bottled water for grocery, club store, convenience and wholesale customers. If you go to Lowe’s, you’re buying Niagara water.”
“With a water bottling project, the water is the driving factor on the project and I can’t say enough good things about the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority, working with them to help locate this project,” Wright said. “They stepped up and were very responsive, working with Niagara in regards to the infrastructure issues that will need to be addressed.”
The company is also heavily involved within the communities in which it chooses to locate, according to Wright.
“When Niagara started this process, they made it clear that they wanted to locate in an innovative and dynamic community,” Wright said. “When we talked about the partnership between the technical college (West Georgia Tech) and Central Educational Center, that was a turning point in showing what a dynamic community this is.”
The company is currently on an aggressive time schedule and would like to be in production by the end of the year.
“There’s a lot of hard work ahead but we’re very excited about this company,” Wright said. “They’ll make a great addition to Coweta County.”
“We are very excited to welcome Niagara Bottling to Coweta County and to the growing list of quality industries in our community,” said Terry Daviston, chairman of the Coweta County Development Authority. “During the location process, the company was very clear that they wanted to locate their new facility in an innovative and dynamic community, and we are very pleased that they found what they were looking for in Coweta County.”
Niagara is the second-largest bottled water manufacturer in the United States.
“Niagara Bottling will be a great addition to Coweta County,” said Bob Blackburn, chairman of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.