Published March 27, 2012
Starbucks Coffee Co. plans to spend a total of $179 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Augusta, Ga., and expand its roasting plant in Calhoun County.
When the Augusta plant opens in January 2014, it will employ 140 workers, the company said. Construction of the facility, designed to be up to 160,000 square feet, is expected to begin this spring.
The $172 million Augusta facility will be LEED certified and the plant will be capable of producing up to 4,000 metric tons of product annually, the Seattle-based company said.
The Augusta plant will be Starbucks first company-owned and operated facility in the world to produce soluble products, such as Starbucks VIA Ready Brew and the ingredients for Frappuccino and ready-to-drink beverages.
The facility, which will be Starbucks fifth plant in the United States, will prepare and package ingredients and finished products for most of the company’s soluble-based beverages for all of North America and parts of Europe.
Starbucks also said it will invest by the end of the year some $7 million in a packaging line at its roasting facility in the Calhoun County Industrial Park off Interstate 26 near the Sandy Run community.
This expansion will create about six new jobs, Starbucks said.
The 120,000-square-foot Sandy Run plant, which opened in 2009, employs about 100 full-time workers and supplies coffee to the company’s southeastern U.S. stores.
“Starbucks has long believed that there is a strong relationship between our success and the strength and vitality of the communities in which we do business,” said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “Augusta and Sandy Run are important communities for our company.
“Both have an abundance of skilled workers, a great quality of life, convenient access to transportation that is critical to our business, and strong support from local and state leaders,” Schultz added. “We’re proud to be part of these communities and to be creating American manufacturing jobs during such challenging economic times.”
In addition to Sandy Run, Starbucks also has roasting plants in Kent, Wash., York, Pa., and Carson Valley, Nev.