Steady consumer demand drives investment; about 20 new jobs created at Stanwood plant
STANWOOD, MICH. — October 31, 2016 — Nestlé Waters North America today announced it is making a $36 million capital investment in its Ice Mountain® bottling operations in Stanwood, Michigan, creating some 20 new jobs.
Nestlé Waters will add two new water bottling lines in the Stanwood plant to bottle Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water products. The first new line is scheduled to begin operation in the spring of 2017. The second line is currently planned for 2018. Products bottled in Stanwood are distributed to major retail and grocery customers throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Ice Mountain is the number-one selling bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.
The Stanwood facility has produced Ice Mountain and Nestlé Pure Life products in Mecosta County for nearly 15 years and today employs more than 250 people.
Area business leaders shared support for Ice Mountain’s announcement.
“We are pleased to see Ice Mountain investing further in the success of our region,” said Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman. “The company is very involved in our local community, and we enjoy having their support for many charitable and community organizations.”
“The expansion of our Stanwood facility is being driven by rising consumer demand for our trusted bottled water brands,” said Tim Brown, Chairman, President and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America. “As consumers focus on wellness they are drawn to healthy beverages and increasingly move away from sugary drinks, Ice Montain’s popularity continues to grow. Michigan has been an outstanding location because of its high-quality, abundant, water resources. We look forward to a successful future there.”
Construction on the building expansion kicked off in early October. The northwest side of the bottling plant will see about 80,000 square feet of production space added to the existing approximate 746,000 square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and logistics facility.
“Ice Mountain prides itself on being an active member of the area community. The company’s decision to expand here in Stanwood signals our long-term commitment to the region, and we look forward to continued success in the years ahead,” said Nestlé Waters Stanwood Plant Manager Dave Sommer.
About Nestlé Waters North America
Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters for healthy hydration. Brands such as Nestlé® Pure Life®, Ice Mountain®, Poland Spring®, Perrier® and S. Pellegrino® have driven Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S. Based in Stamford, Connecticut with about 8,500 employees, Nestlé Waters is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across operations. As a natural resource company, Nestlé Waters sustainably manages nearly 50 spring sites, as well as nearly 14,000 acres of watershed as open space. The company is also committed to creating shared value and being a good neighbor in the 140 communities where it operates in the U.S.
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