ONTARIO, CALIF. (Aug. 15, 4:35 p.m. ET) — Niagara Bottling LLC has hired a builder for its newest PET preform, bottle and closures plant.
Choate Construction Co. will build the 310,000-square-foot factory in Mooresville, N.C., according to a release from the Charlotte, N.C.-based construction company.
The facility, to be operational in 2012, will include multiple German injection and blow molding lines and will employ 66, according to the release.
Officials at Ontario, Calif.-based Niagara, one of the U.S.' largest privately held bottled water companies, did not return telephone calls and email seeking comment.
According to the Choate release, the vertically-integrated facility, which will run 365 days a year, represents a $45 million investment by Niagara over three years.
According to a June 22 news release from Gov. Bev. Perdue, Niagara received a $200,000 One North Carolina Fund grant to support the site. Workers at the factory will be paid an average of $39,447 plus benefits.
In the June release, a Niagara official characterized the future Mooresville plant as a “world class” facility.
In addition to plants in Ontario, Stockton and Irvine, Calif., the company has facilities in Phoenix; Dallas; Indianapolis; Allentown, Pa.; and Groveland, Fla.
The 252,000-square-foot Arizona plant, which opened in 2010, cost the company $35 million and employs about 60, according to past local media reports.