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Nestlé Waters North America has confirmed that it plans to open a $40m bottling plant early next year in South Carolina.
The facility near McBee – 54 miles northeast of Columbia – will have a total area of around 200,000ft squared and could provide up to 50 new jobs for the local economy. It will be used to produce bottled spring water and purified spring water under the Deer Park and Pure Life brands, primarily for distribution across the southeast of the US.
The bottling plant would include two production lines and have a capacity of producing “an average of 60–100 trucks of bottled water” every day. The company claimed that the new facility would be supported by a water source five miles northwest of McBee, capable of averaging a water flow of approximately 3,000 gallons per minute, of which Nestlé would use around 5%.
Nestlé Waters North America senior natural resource specialist Lance Tully, who is leading the project into the construction of the new bottling plant, explained why the company was considering the McBee site: “Chesterfield County is a leading candidate under consideration because of the abundant supply of high quality spring water and the excellent workforce here. We appreciate so many people coming out to learn about the potential project and Nestlé Waters. We especially enjoyed meeting with community members and value their questions and input about the project.”
Chesterfield County Council vice chairperson Lenora Powe added: “We are excited that Nestlé Waters is considering Chesterfield County. If they build here, our community will benefit in so many ways from creating good paying jobs to generating substantial property taxes. We hope they will decide to locate in Chesterfield County and I look forward to working with them.”
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