Niagara Bottling to invest $70 million in new 1.2 million square foot plant in Lancaster

A California company that produces bottled water sold at Costco, Walmart and Safeway stores will invest $70 million in a massive new 1.2 million square foot plant in Lancaster.

Niagara Bottling LLC will receive tax refunds totaling at least $2.5 million over the next decade if it meets investment and job creation requirements for the facility at 1535 E. Belt Line Road.

The company is to create 70 jobs within three years of completing the plant, according to a December 16 agreement between the company and the Lancaster economic development agency. The jobs are expected to bring in an average of $55,000 per year.

The plant will be built on a 70 acre site. Niagara said in a letter to the city that it completed the purchase of the land on Dec. 23.

The city is also providing the company with a $1 million grant to offset development costs and encourage improvements to Belt Line Road between Lancaster’s eastern city limit and Ferris Road.

Construction of the plant is expected to last until 2023, according to city records.

Niagara makes private label for retailers such as Great Value for Walmart and Kirkland for Costco. The company’s factories are in the United States and Mexico, including operations in Dallas, Conroe, Temple and Seguin in Texas. The family business was founded in 1963.

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