To meet the growing demand of its bottled water products in the western region, Nestlé Waters North America is developing a new factory in the Phoenix area.
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Nestlé Waters North America has leased a 395,000 sq ft U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Silver building in southwest Phoenix to meet the growing demand for its bottled water products. Located in the southwest part of the City with quick access to I-10, the facility will employ approximately 25-65 personnel and produce the Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water brand. The company anticipates the factory opening in early spring 2017.
Interest in a Phoenix bottling facility began more than ten years ago, as demand continued to rise for bottled water products in the region. By establishing a facility locally, Nestlé Waters North America can better serve its customers in the Phoenix and greater southwest region.
- Demand for bottled water in the greater Phoenix area has grown 10% in the past year, which trends with national growth*
- Establishing a Phoenix facility reduces transportation miles for distribution from facilities in other parts of the western region and allows for faster, localized and more efficient service to our customers and consumers.
- The factory, located in southwest Phoenix at 1635 South 43rd Avenue, is located in an industrial park near I-10, for quick access to our distribution points. The building, which is currently LEED-certified Silver, is approximately 395,000 square feet.
- The factory will open with one line for Nestlé Pure Life with the potential for three lines at full build-out. Pre-form manufacturing and warehousing are part of this project.
- The factory is expected to open in early spring 2017. Employee hires will be 25-65. At full build-out the employee count could reach 100 (approximately by year 3). These will be family wage jobs and salaries will vary based on job requirements. NWNA believes in providing compensation that is competitive in the marketplace.
- The City of Tolleson and the City of Phoenix have been involved in the permit application process as is the Phoenix Water Services Department and Salt River Project (SRP – public utilities/energy provider). The City of Phoenix Water Services Department supports numerous industries, including other bottling facilities in the region, and is well-positioned to serve the NWNA facility.
- NWNA will be using City water for Nestlé Pure Life bottled water production and is paying the standard city water rate that all residential, commercial, and multi-family customers pay.
- NWNA has not pursued any financial incentives for this project thus far. Capital investment is expected to be about $35,000,000.
*source: The Nielsen Company
Desert-Dwellers Drink Water Too! - Arizona Department of Water Resources, July 13, 2016
Keeping It In Perspective: Bottled Water And Other Industries - Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Blog, June 30, 2016
Don't knock Nestle's bottled-water plant - The Arizona Republic, May 30, 2016