Niagara Bottling doubles down in Coweta
by Clay Neely
Niagara Bottling LLC announced that it will be expanding its forthcoming Coweta County facility in order to accommodate two bottling lines, thus creating 70 jobs and making a capital investment of $79 million.
The announcement, made Thursday at the Newnan Centre, nearly doubles the company’s initial proposal that called for only one bottling line with a $52 million dollar investment and the creation of 40 new jobs.
Niagara Bottling has continued with the building of its new, 450,000-square-foot facility in Shenandoah Industrial Park while the company remains on an aggressive time schedule and aims to begin production by late 2014.
“The goal ultimately when we looked in the area was just to plan for the four bottling lines at full build-out but initially starting with just one,” said Derieth Sutton, economic development and government relations for Niagara Bottling.
“However, the market demand is very prominent here, so immediately our marketing team decided that we should come in with two lines instead of one,” Sutton said. “Coweta is the perfect community for our company, so we’re very excited to share the good news.”
The facility will package and distribute private label water for its customers as well as the Niagara label. The facility will now include two production lines with a potential of up to four production lines in the future.
“We’re so very pleased to be a part of this,” said Neal Shepard, chairman of the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority. “I really want to express what a remarkable time in my life this has been. I’ve had some things in my life that I’ve really been proud of but this group right here, coming together, has been one of the crowning accomplishments for myself. I’m very proud of these folks and what they’ve done.”
“Our motto throughout this entire process has been ‘exceed all expectations,’” Shepard said. “So, I ask to all of you, if we don’t exceed your expectations, please let me know.”
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.
Niagara Bottling LLC is the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier and second-largest bottled water manufacturer in the United States.