Site clearing has begun for Keurig Green Mountain’s $350 million coffee roasting and packaging facility at Tyger River Industrial Park in Moore.
The New England-based company announced in May plans to build a new production facility that will primarily house coffee roasting and packing for Keurig’s single-serve K-Cup pods, along with the potential to support beverage distribution and warehousing in the future. The company would not say this week when the plant will be ready to open or when hiring for the anticipated 500 there would begin.
“We’ve not said specifically when the plant will be open and are not currently hiring at this time,” Keurig spokeswoman Katie Gilroy said.
David Britt, chairman of Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee, said company officials are excited about the Moore site, which was chosen over sites in seven other states. He said the location near Interstates 85 and 26 and the S.C. Inland Port in Greer were major pluses.
“They look at (the Moore facility) as a flagship,” Britt said. “They are designing it to be a state-of-the-art facility for years to come.”
Last month, Keurig Green Mountain acquired Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, creating Keurig Dr. Pepper — the seventh-largest company in the U.S. food and beverage sector and third-largest beverage company in North America, with annual revenues of about $11 billion. The merger fulfilled the company’s goal of providing beverages hot or cold for any occasion, Keurig Dr. Pepper CEO Bob Gamgort said in a statement at the time.
The company now has joint headquarters in Burlington, Mass., and Plano, Texas. Its brands now include Keurig, Dr. Pepper, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Canada Dry, Snapple, Bai, Motts, and The Original Donut Shop. It employs 25,000 people and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants and warehouses and distribution centers across North America.
Plans filed with the Spartanburg County Planning and Development Department show a 708,067-square-foot coffee processing and distribution facility on a 211-acre site at 6135 Anderson Mill Road, east of Moore-Duncan Highway in Moore. The site is part of the Tyger River Industrial Park.
The facility is divided into three areas — 485,152 square feet for manufacturing, 194,769 square feet for warehouse, and 28,028 square feet of office space.
Plans allow for parking for 330 cars, and the estimated number of employees working on the largest shift is 224.
Britt said excessive traffic should not be an issue since the plant will be close to Moore Duncan Highway, a former two-lane road that was expanded to a five-lane highway with access to the interstates. Earlier this year, the state Department of Transportation was reviewing plans to relocate the southern portion of Anderson Mill Road where it connects to Moore Duncan Highway.
As for employees who use the northern end of Anderson Mill Road to get to and from Reidville Road, Britt said the road should be able to handle that traffic without any issues.
By Bob Montgomery, Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, S.C.
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