Niagara Bottling LLC, an Ontario, California-based water company with in-house plastics packaging production, is continuing to stretch its reach, adding new plants in Virginia and Connecticut this year.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Aug. 16 that Niagara is investing $95 million in a new manufacturing operation in Chesterfield County. The investment is expected to create 76 new jobs, and Virginia competed with Maryland for the project. McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth's Opportunity Fund to assist the county. Niagara also is eligible for tax exemptions for equipment, as well as funding and services to support employee training.
The company also is building a new plant in Bloomfield, Conn., according to local news reports. That $57 million project is expected to be ready in November, but has faced local protests over water use and disputes with local labor unions.
Both buildings are reported to be in excess of 400,000 square feet. Company officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, is as private-label bottled water supplier. It started as a family business in 1963, offering five-gallon glass containers for home and office delivery. It makes a variety of PET bottles with high density polyethylene caps.