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Dr. Pepper Snapple to Build Bottling Plant, Distribution Center in California

Beverage maker Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. will invest $120 million to open a bottling plant and distribution facility in Victorville, California, that will create 200 new jobs, according to city officials. The Los Angeles Times reports that the company has purchased 53 acres in the Southern California Logistics Airport, a former Air Force base that is being turned into a freight transportation hub. The Dr. Pepper plant, which is scheduled to open in the spring of 2010, will consist of 550,000 square feet of warehouse space and a 300,000-square-foot factory with up to six manufacturing lines. Along with Dr. Pepper and Snapple soft drinks, the company also produces 7UP, A&W root beer, Sunkist orange soda, and Hawaiian Punch. Victorville city officials say the plant will be the company's largest hub west of Texas and will serve nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. To accommodate the new factory, the city says it will construct an industrial wastewater treatment facility to process the approximately 550,000 gallons of wastewater per day that the bottling plant will discharge; city officials hope that the new wastewater facility will attract other food and beverage manufacturers to the area.

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