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  • Nestlé Waters North America Announces $36 Million Expansion of Ice Mountain® Bottling Plant

    STANWOOD, MICH. — October 31, 2016 — Nestlé Waters North America today announced it is making a $36 million capital investment in its Ice Mountain® bottling operations in Stanwood, Michigan, creating some 20 new jobs.

    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. The second-line is currently planned for 2018. Products bottled in Stanwood are distributed to major retail and grocery customers throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Ice Mountain is the number-one selling bottled spring water brand in the Midwest.

    The Stanwood facility has produced Ice Mountain and Nestlé Pure Life products in Mecosta County for nearly 15 years and today employs more than 250 people. Area business leaders shared support for Ice Mountain’s announcement. “We are pleased to see Ice Mountain investing further in the success of our region,” said Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman. “The company is very involved in our local community, and we enjoy having their support for many charitable and community organizations.”

    “The expansion of our Stanwood facility is being driven by rising consumer demand for our trusted bottled water brands,” said Tim Brown, Chairman, President and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America. “As consumers focus on wellness they are drawn to healthy beverages and increasingly move away from sugary drinks, Ice Mountain’s popularity continues to grow. Michigan has been an outstanding location because of its high-quality, abundant, water resources. We look forward to a successful future there.”

    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 existing approximate 746,000 square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and logistics facility.

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    Builder with Plans

    Mecosta County Means Jobs!

    Not only is Mecosta County a great place to recreate, live, and raise a family, it is also a great place to work and grow your business.  This fact was once again demonstrated in late 20014-15 when two major employers, Haworth Corporation and Wolverine World Wide, both announced plans to expand their workforce at their Big Rapids locations.

    As a result, the communities of Holland and Big Rapids anticipate a total of 649 new jobs over the next five years; an estimated 112 of those jobs are projected to come to Haworth’s Big Rapids Components facility during that same timeframe.  For Wolverine World Wide, an expansion of the Big Rapids facility allows for more on site storage of materials and more room for machines and people.  The estimated 100 new jobs are expected to be created.  Applying Mecosta County’s employment multiplier of 1.89 to these numbers (as established independently by Montgomery Consulting), the total direct and indirect jobs to be created over the next three to five years is 752 across all sectors of the county economy.  In an era when employers are facing the challenge of attracting good talent, this is good news indeed for Mecosta County!

    The Mecosta County Development Corporation is proud to have been part of the decision by these companies to expand in their Big Rapids facilities.  Community members, staff, and state representatives spent the past year meeting with company officials and offering an incentive package that played a part in their decision to relocate and expand locally.  Officials from both companies cited the quality and flexibility of their workforces as another factor driving their decision.  Why not treat your company to an environment that is home to the fastest growing public university in the state, an available and well-trained workforce which focuses on quality production, and a business-friendly environment?  For more information, contact the Mecosta County Development Corporation at 231-592-3403, or by e-mail at jsandy@mecostacounty.org  We would love to have you join our community!