ENON – The Greater Richmond Partnership announced that Niagara Bottling LLC, the largest private label bottled water supplier in the U.S., will build a $95 million, 450,000 square-foot facility in Chesterfield County’s Meadowville Technology Park, employing 76 people. A second phase is expected to increase the workforce by another 50 employees with a $50 million build-out.
“Niagara Bottling, LLC is committed to providing a high-quality product with unmatched quality service to its customers,” said Brian Hess, Executive Vice President of Operation for Niagara. “The Chesterfield location allows the company to fulfill that commitment by providing an optimal location that is close to both its existing and growing customer market.”
Known as “Project Buzzard,” until last week, the County’s Economic Development Authority has been holding back on which business would occupy the property, currently wooded, adjacent to the Amazon distribution center.
A representative of Niagara and Garrett Hart, Director of Chesterfield Economic Development, traveled to Rialto, Calif., to visit the company’s newest facility which will serve as the prototype for the serve as the prototype for the Chesterfield location.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling LLC to Chesterfield,” said Steve Elswick, Chairman of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors. “The 76 manufacturing jobs are just the type of employment opportunities we want for our Chesterfield residents.”
The Greater Richmond Partnership worked with Chesterfield County Economic Development and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to secure this project. Gov. Terry McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Chesterfield with the project.
Niagara will also be eligible to receive sales and use tax exemptions on manufacturing equipment.
Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.