PIERCE COUNTY , WA — Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, joining 13 others around the country.
The new 311,000-square-foot facility in Randles Business Park in the Frederickson Industrial Area will initially create 36 jobs and make a capital investment of approximately $50 million. The facility will serve the company’s customers throughout the region.
Groundbreaking is expected this fall and the company is scheduled to be fully operational in early 2014.
“We are very excited about our expansion in Washington State,” said Brian Hess, Niagara’s Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs. “We’re looking forward to servicing the needs of our customers in the region, and to being a good corporate neighbor. We can’t wait to get started.”
Niagara attributes its decision to locate in Pierce County not only to an operational and cost analysis that makes sense for the company, but also to a great “community fit.” Hess shared that each of the entities involved came to the table in a true partnership effort.
“We had several organizations working together for our project. The Washington State Department of Commerce, Pierce County, and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and other local partners came together with one voice to communicate that our project was welcomed and that this community was the right place for our business,” Hess said.
“Other Northwest states were in the running for this innovative operation and these good jobs,” said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. “Our Commerce Department worked in close partnership with Pierce County, the EDB for Tacoma-Pierce County and our business community over seven months to demonstrate the reasons why this community is a perfect fit with Niagara, a dynamic, environmentally-conscious, advanced manufacturing company. We’re delighted to welcome them to Washington State!”
“Niagara Bottling is a great addition to the local business community,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who visited the company’s California headquarters to discuss the merits of locating in Frederickson. “Niagara is a national leader in the industry, and building a plant in Pierce County provides great access to the Northwest market. Niagara joins companies like Amazon, State Farm and others who have recently announced decisions to expand in Pierce County because it’s a great place to work, live and play.”
“The team that came together to make this deal happen was top notch,” said Susan Suess, Senior Vice President at the EDB. “The State, Pierce County, and EDB were laser focused on ensuring that the client’s needs were met throughout the recruitment process.”
Recognized as an industry leader in both innovation and design, Niagara is known for having the lightest weight one-half-liter bottle on the market. The company’s Eco-Air Bottle® recently received a Drinktec Beverage Innovation Award for the Best PET Design. Niagara has also been recognized for its sustainability efforts to reduce its carbon footprint through both consumption reduction in materials and the implementation of various energy efficiency methods.