Bottling plant begins $36M expansion
A bottling plant in the region is undergoing a $36-million expansion that will allow it to add two new bottling lines.
Nestlé Waters North America said yesterday the capital investment will take place at its Ice Mountain bottling operations in Stanwood, south of Big Rapids.
The investment will allow for an additional 20 jobs at the plant.
Construction on the building expansion kicked off in early October. The northwest side of the bottling plant will see about 80,000 square feet of production space added to the roughly 746,000-square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and logistics facility.
Nestlé Waters will add two new water bottling lines in the Stanwood plant to bottle Ice Mountain Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water products.
The first new line is scheduled to begin operation in the spring of 2017, and the second line is planned for 2018.
The Stanwood facility has produced Ice Mountain and Nestlé Pure Life products in Mecosta County for nearly 15 years and employs more than 250 people.
Products bottled in Stanwood are distributed to major retail and grocery customers throughout Michigan and the Midwest.
Nestlé Waters said Ice Mountain is the “number-one selling” bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.
Tim Brown, chairman, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, said the expansion is being driven by “rising consumer demand.”
He said consumers are focused on wellness and, therefore, moving away from sugary drinks in favor of healthy beverages.
He said Michigan has been “an outstanding” location for the company, because of its “high quality, abundant water resources.”
Jennifer Heinzman, executive director of the Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce, said she’s “pleased” to see Ice Mountain further invest in the region.
“The company is very involved in our local community, and we enjoy having their support for many charitable and community organizations,” she said.
Nestlé Waters North America has its U.S. base in Stamford, Connecticut. The company has 8,500 employees.
The company manages nearly 50 spring sites, as well as nearly 14,000 acres of watershed as open space.