US-based bottled water producer Niagara Bottling has invested $90 million to build a new bottling facility in Temple, Texas.
Niagara will start constructing the 450,000-square-foot facility in March 2019, and the company estimates that the facility will begin operating in the fourth quarter of the year.
Construction of the facility will be divided into two phases. The first phase will see $70 million invested and 49 jobs created, while the second phase will see a further $20 million invested, adding 21 new jobs.
Niagara is one of the largest producers of private-label bottled water products in the US, and the company has been expanding its manufacturing network over the last few years.
In 2017, the company invested $76 million to build a production facility in Mesa, Arizona and acquired a further manufacturing site in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania as part of its acquisition of First Quality’s bottled water business.
Niagara does not use BPA – an industrial chemical used in the creation of certain plastics – in any of its products, while all bottles and caps produced by the company are 100% recyclable.
Brian Hess, executive vice-president of Niagara Bottling, said: “Niagara Bottling is committed to supporting our local community, our team members and our environment.
“We are very excited to establish one of our newest beverage manufacturing facilities in Temple, Texas. We chose Temple as our new home for a number of reasons including what we felt was a highly competitive and attractive combination of location, infrastructure and workforce.
“We are very excited to add 70 new team members in Temple and look forward to maintaining leadership in the areas of innovation, supply chain efficiencies, and overall environmental stewardship.”
Adrian Cannady, president & CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation, added: “We are proud to support Niagara as they build in Temple to meet the rising demands of the state and look forward to a long relationship supporting the growth and prosperity of their new bottling facility.”