Niagara Bottling doubles down in Coweta

by Clay Neely

alt

With 18 locations across the U.S., Niagara Bottling is now the second-largest bottled water manufacturer in the nation.


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.



More Local

Prof: United States losing its superpower influence

The inability of the current administration to effectively negotiate with countries like Iran is signalling the downfall of the United State ... Read More


Confederate Memorial Day program scheduled for Saturday

Confederate Memorial Day is several weeks away, but local Sons of Confederate Veterans are holding their commemoration early this year. Mike ... Read More


HB 1 signing delayed

Gov. Nathan Deal won’t be signing House Bill 1 today after all. Instead, the governor plans to wait until after the end of the Georgia ... Read More


Fourth armed robbery suspect arrested

A fourth man believed to be involved in one of February’s convenience store robberies was arrested by authorities with the Coweta Coun ... Read More


Egg hunting season starts today in Coweta

There will be no shortage of colored eggs, wrapped candy and prizes for Coweta County children who enjoy hunting for them. Many local church ... Read More

buy one, give one

Coweta Community Foundation first recipient

Ginger Jackson Queener has become the first to take advantage of The Newnan Times-Herald’s “Buy One-Give One” advertising ... Read More