The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC), the City of Temple, Bell County and Niagara Bottling, LLC (Niagara), the nation’s largest family owned and operated beverage supplier, announced today a $90 million capital investment for a new bottling facility.
Niagara will build on a 50-acre site in the Temple Industrial Park creating 70 new jobs. Pending final negotiations and due diligence, Niagara will start construction on the 450,000-square-foot facility in March 2019 and will begin operations in the fourth quarter of this year. The project construction will be divided into two phases: the first phase to be $70 million capital investment and 49 jobs and the second phase to be $20 million capital investment and 21 jobs.
“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,” said Brian Hess, Executive Vice President of Niagara Bottling.
“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,” said Adrian Cannady, President & CEO of Temple EDC. “We will continue to work with Niagara and our local governmental partners this month to finalize the documentation needed to move forward with construction of their state-of the-art facility.”
“The benefits of having a company like Niagara locate in Temple will have a significant and lasting impact on our local community and economy,” stated Temple Mayor Tim Davis. “I am proud of our City Council and staff for supporting such a meaningful project.”
Family owned and operated since 1963, Niagara has positioned itself as the leading private label bottled water supplier in the United States with innovative bottle design, vertical integration and significant advancements in high tech manufacturing.
The company values a deep commitment to sustainability, efficient water usage and water conservation. Niagara does not use BPA in any of its products and all Niagara bottles and caps are 100% recyclable. Not only are Niagara’s manufacturing and products optimized, the company utilizes its own innovative Eco-Air Package™ which eliminates the need for cardboard shipping trays and allows a 17% increase in cases shipped per pallet, removing 1.3 million pallets from the annual supply chain. Savings include 190,228 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, 178 million pounds of plastic and over 18 million trees.
Niagara supports numerous organizations dedicated to sustainability, including Keep America Beautiful, The Recycling Partnership, the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program and more. Niagara sponsors Water.org, providing water in developing countries. It is also the first bottled water company in North America to earn TRUE Zero Waste certification. Increased recycled PET utilization and reduced road miles through high-efficiency logistics and plant location solutions have significantly reduced CO2 emissions and the company’s overall carbon footprint.
For more information about Niagara, visit www.niagarawater.com.