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Thursday, August 4, 2022
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today to announce that beverage manufacturer Niagara Bottling is establishing a new facility in Shelby Township with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of up to $103.6 million and create at least 50 jobs, supported by a $350,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Niagara chose Michigan for the project over competing sites in other states.
“This investment by Niagara Bottling will create at least 50 good-paying manufacturing jobs in Shelby Township, and underscores our talented manufacturing workforce and attractive business climate,” said Governor Whitmer. “Michigan’s economy is on the move with low unemployment, the highest small business growth in 24 years, and powerful economic development tools. Together, we will continue investing in our workers, every region of our great state, and in innovative businesses so they can thrive. Our future is bright, and today’s expansion by Niagara Bottling will help us continue moving Michigan forward.”
Niagara Bottling, founded in 1963, is headquartered in Diamond Bar, California, and operates more than 40 production facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. As a leading beverage manufacturer, Niagara works with some of the largest beverage brands, retailers, grocers, clubs, and convenience stores in the U.S. Niagara produces a variety of beverages, including sparkling, vitamin, and flavored waters, teas, sports drinks, ready-to-drink coffee, protein drinks, non-dairy milk products, and bottled water. The company employs more than 7,000 team members worldwide.
In order to service customers more effectively in the Detroit region, Niagara plans to construct a new highly automated manufacturing facility in Shelby Township, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and technology. The facility will be the company’s first location in Michigan. Shelby Township plans to make water and sewer infrastructure improvements in support of the project.
“Niagara Bottling has established strong business and community relationships throughout our numerous plant locations, and we look forward to continued growth and success at our new facility in Shelby Township, Michigan,” said Brian Hess, executive vice president at Niagara Bottling. “We appreciate the Detroit region’s strong legacy of manufacturing, and highly attractive combination of location, infrastructure, logistics, and workforce. Niagara looks forward to having a positive and lasting impact in the Detroit region, while maintaining our company’s leadership in the areas of manufacturing, innovation, supply chain and overall environmental stewardship.”
The project will add immediate, well-paying jobs to the region. Niagara offers significant job training opportunities and supports promotions and career advancements from within. The company also offers a full benefits package for full-time employees and offers formal professional development programs. Niagara also works with local partners to promote employment and career opportunities including Army PaYs (U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success) to hire recent veterans. For information on careers with Niagara, visit https://careers.niagarawater.com.
“This project is an exciting win for Southeast Michigan and for the entire state. We’re pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling to Michigan and applaud them for the economic opportunities they will provide our state’s veterans and workforce,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We are grateful to the Governor and legislators for the continued support of the Michigan Business Development Program. We’re proud to join our partners at the Detroit Regional Partnership, Macomb County and Shelby Township as we celebrate Niagara Bottling’s new operations here and look forward to working together to grow, add jobs and provide greater opportunity for our friends and neighbors.”
“The Detroit Regional Partnership is excited that Niagara Bottling will locate its first Michigan manufacturing facility in the Detroit Region,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, president and CEO of Detroit Regional Partnership. “This new facility will help strengthen the regional economy by adding over 50 well-paying jobs and more than $100 million dollars in investment. Our team couldn’t be prouder to have helped attract this global company to the Detroit Region.”
“This special project involved a great deal of collaboration from our department, the State, the Detroit Regional Partnership, Shelby Township and the Macomb County Department of Roads to bring it to fruition,” said Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development Director Vicky Rowinski. “We are pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling to Macomb County and look forward to celebrating their grand opening.”
About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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