Niagara Bottling, a U.S. private-label bottled water manufacturer, plans today to expand its operations in Indiana. The company will establish a new facility in Jeffersonville and grow its current facility in Plainfield, creating up to 57 new jobs by the end of 2019.
The California-based company, which has 29 additional locations throughout North America, will invest $56 million to build and equip a 469,000-square-foot manufacturing and bottling facility on Logistics Avenue in the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville. Construction is underway on its new building, and the company plans to be operational by spring 2019. In Plainfield, Niagara Bottling is also planning a $6.1 million expansion at its existing facility at 1250 Whitaker Rd. to increase production capacity.
“The state of Indiana and local community partners in the Jeffersonville region have provided an extremely warm welcome for Niagara Bottling’s proposed new manufacturing facility,” said Brian Hess, Executive Vice President of Niagara Bottling. “We have been impressed by the region’s progressive workforce development programs and support system, which will benefit our attempts to add area residents to our Niagara team in southern Indiana.”
As an incentive, IEDC offered Niagara Bottling up to $450,000 in conditional tax credits and $50,000 in training grants in Jeffersonville and up to $50,000 in conditional tax credits in Plainfield based on the company's job creation plans. IEDC tax credits and grants are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
"Global companies like Niagara Bottling are choosing to grow here because of Indiana's commitment to building a business-friendly environment that helps yield a positive return on their investment," said Elaine Bedel, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "We're excited for Niagara Bottling's continued success in the Hoosier state as they expand their Plainfield operations and open a second facility in Jeffersonville, creating more good jobs for Hoosiers."
“The city of Jeffersonville is pleased to welcome another nationally-known corporation into our business community," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. "Niagara Bottling will be a great addition to our city’s changing and growing diversity, lending its prestige to our own as we continue to market the city and River Ridge Commerce Center’s many attributes to prospective businesses. The city of Jeffersonville wishes Niagara Bottling the best of luck in their endeavors and looks forward to working with them to help ensure their success.”