USA – Canada-based beverage manufacturer, Niagara Botting LLC plans to invest $68 million in the construction of a new production facility in Kansas City.

The 420,000-square-foot plant located near the CenterPoint-Kansas City Southern Intermodal Center will create about 50 jobs an is expected to be completed by early 2020.

With the new facility, Niagara which produces a range of beverages including still, sparkling and flavoured water, tea and isotonics is looking to increase its customer base in the market.

“We are extremely excited about selecting Kansas City, Mo., as the location for Niagara Bottling, LLC’s newest plant in the Midwest,” said Niagara Bottling’s Executive Vice President Brian Hess.

“We appreciate the region’s focus on supporting the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors, and its coordinated response to our unique project opportunity.

“As Niagara continues to grow and gain market share, this location in Kansas City positions us well to serve our existing customers while expanding our customer base and reaching new markets.”

The company plans to quickly begin the hiring process to build its local plant team.

Tim Cowden, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) said: “In a city of more than 150,000 manufacturing and logistics employees, Kansas City is the perfect hub for Niagara Bottling, LLC.

“Kansas City’s central location attracts and supports a diverse industry base, and we are confident Niagara Bottling will feel right at home in KC.”

Founded in 1963, Niagara Bottling, LLC is a family owned manufacturer of bottled water and soft drinks, operating numerous bottling plants in both the United States and Mexico.

In February, the company invested $90 million to build a new bottling facility in Temple, Texas expected to begin operating in the fourth quarter of the year.

The company invested $76 million to build a production facility in Mesa, Arizona in 2017 to expand its manufacturing footprint in the US.

It acquired the branded and private-label bottled water business of First Quality Water & Beverage including the Pureau brand of electrolyte-enhanced purified water.