Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is building a $180 million, 330,000-square-foot production and distribution center in Isle of Wight County, southeastern Virginia, that is expected to create as many as 800 jobs over the next five years.
On a 64-acre site that Green Mountain plans to purchase for $15 million, the facility will house operations for Green Mountain’s specialty coffee business unit, including roasting, grinding, flavoring and packaging.
“As our business continues to see steady growth, supported by the addition of new mass-appeal brands to the Keurig Single-Cup Brewing System, ensuring expanded portion pack production capacity is essential to our success,” said Scott McCreary, president of the Specialty Coffee business unit at GMCR. “Isle of Wight County offers a diverse and talented employee base as well as a multitude of geographic and economic benefits, making it a great location for our new facility.”
The announcement comes just two weeks after Green Mountain announced that it was expanding operations at three existing locations in the company’s home state of Vermont (Essex, Waterbury and Williston), as well as adding a facility in South Burlington.
“As a proud and long-time corporate citizen of Vermont, we are always pleased to share news of our continued expansion. Vermont has instilled in GMCR many of the values that have guided our Company from a small coffee retailer on the Waitsfield village green to one reinventing how North America prepares coffee and other beverages both at home and away from home,” said Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of GMCR. “As we look to support the continued growth in our business, we expect to lease additional office space, build-out new facilities and hire new employees in multiple communities across Vermont. With these expansion plans, we could increase our Vermont employee base by 30% over the next 12 to 18 months.”