Niagara bottling holds job recruitment
by Clay Neely
A line of applicants wrapped around the hallways inside the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus Thursday as Niagara Bottling held a job recruitment for its new plant.
With the help of the Georgia Department of Labor, the recruiting event at the campus south of Newnan was an effort to help fill the 70 open jobs that will be created for the new Niagara Bottling facility, scheduled to become operational later this year.
In May, Niagara Bottling LLC announced that it would be expanding its forthcoming Coweta County water bottling facility to accommodate two lines, creating 70 jobs and making a capital investment of $79 million.
“We’re expecting anywhere from 900 to 1,100 applicants today,” said Bill Bexley from the Georgia Department of Labor. “It’s a great sign to see so many companies hiring again and we’re glad we can help.”
Derieth Sutton, economic development and government relations for Niagara Bottling, praised the relationship between Niagara, WGTC and the Georgia Department of Labor for making the event such a success.
“There is strength in numbers,” Sutton said. “As we continue to grow in Coweta County, we want to be able to have a deep bench of talent to draw from. This partnership ensures that we’ll always be ready.”
The application process was similar to “speed dating” where each applicant would conduct interviews with several representatives from Niagara – spending a total of 15 to 30 minutes for the entire process.
“While we’re looking for experience, we understand that we have a lot of unique equipment that most people have little to no experience working with,” Sutton said. “That’s why we really focus on attitude and want to build on good synergies.”
Sutton wants prospective employees to know that the room for growth and future opportunities at Niagara are limitless.
“We impart that there is a very open career path in our company,” Sutton said. “If someone sees a position that appeals to them, we do our best to show them how to get there.”
While Sutton feels the prospects for recruitment are positive, she encouraged anyone who was unable to attend Thursday’s recruitment to visit Niagara’s website to fill out an application.
“We’re always on the lookout for that ‘rock star’ that we can always find a place for in our company,” Sutton said. “We’re anticipating two more lines by 2017 so the opportunities are definitely there.”
Construction of the new 450,000-square-foot facility in Shenandoah Industrial Park has continued throughout the summer and the company remains on an aggressive time schedule – aiming to begin production by late 2014.
Niagara Bottling LLC is the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier and second-largest bottled water manufacturer in the United States.