Feature Photo (above): The tractor-trailer entrance to the Niagara Bottling plant in Seguin. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Temple (Bell County) — Niagara Bottling LLC has committed to construct a $90 million bottling and distribution plant on a 40-acre site in the Temple Industrial Park.
Construction is expected to begin in March on a 450,000-square-foot facility. Plans are to have the plant operational by the fourth quarter of this year.
Niagara announced the project Friday, in a joint press release that included stakeholder Temple Economic Development Corp., the City of Temple and Bell County.
There will be two phases to the project. Phase 1 will include real property improvements (construction) in the amount of $30 million, and personal property improvements (equipment) in the amount of $40 million. Phase 1 will be complete by April 30, 2020, according to a project summary submitted by city staff to the City Council.
The second phase is an additional capital investment of $20 million and another 21 jobs. Phase 2 is to reach completion by Dec. 31, 2022.
Brian Hess, executive vice president of Niagara Bottling, said, “We chose Temple as our new home for a number of reasons including what we felt was a highly competitive and attractive combination of location, infrastructure and workforce. We are very excited to add 70 new team members in Temple and look forward to maintaining leadership in the areas of innovation, supply chain efficiencies, and overall environmental stewardship.”
Adrian Cannady, president and CEO of Temple EDC, said the corporation will be working with Niagara and local government partners this month to finalize the documentation needed to move forward with construction.
At the Thursday City Council session, a resolution was adopted providing a tax abatement agreement with Niagara Bottling LLC and Tanglefoot Properties LLC that covers increases on the taxable value of real and personal property on a 40-acre tract located at the southeast corner of Wendland Road and Moores Mill Road that was designated a reinvestment zone.
The project site is just northeast of the HEB Temple warehouse/distribution and retail support complex. It is also adjacent to the site where East Penn Manufacturing Company, a producer of accessory parts for batteries, is building a plant that was reported in VBX in December.
Under the agreement, the city will be obligated to construct a 36-foot wide, public roadway at the southern border of the site, intersecting with Wendland Road and extending east. The city will install a minimum 12-inch water line and a minimum 10-inch wastewater line to support the project, as well as
surrounding properties. Temple also agrees to waive certain water and sewer tap fees.
The city infrastructure investment will benefit both plant projects and has an estimated budget of $2.82 million. And the tax abatement agreement has a potential value to Niagara of more then $5 million over a 10-year period.
Temple Mayor Tim Davis said, “The benefits of having a company like Niagara locate in Temple will have a significant and lasting impact on our local community and economy.”
Niagara has a history of preferring locations in smaller communities where land is more affordable, but within a short driving distance to major markets. A few years ago, Niagara constructed a similar plant in Seguin, which is less than an hour’s drive from San Antonio and just over an hour’s drive to Austin.
Panoramic view of the Niagara Bottling LLC facility in Seguin. Image: Google Streets.