Starbucks has broken ground on a $172 million plant in Augusta, Ga., that is expected to produce 140 jobs related to construction, shipping and other supply chain functions.
Once complete in early 2014, the facility will produce products currently manufactured abroad, including Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew as well as the coffee base for Frappuccino® blended beverages and many of Starbucks® ready-to-drink
beverages. The soluble plant will be Starbucks fifth manufacturing facility in the U.S., adding to the company’s existing network of four roasting plants which currently employ more than 830 people in Kent, Wash., York, Pa., Sandy Run, S.C., and Carson Valley, Nev.
As part of its ongoing commitment to helping communities thrive wherever it does business, the company also announced that it will invest $200,000 in community programs to support Augusta’s ongoing efforts. Over the next several months, Starbucks will work with elected leaders and civic organizations, including the Augusta Regional Collaboration Project – a local non-profit development group – as well as others, to identify, develop and support local programs focused on building long-term infrastructure that helps to galvanize a deeper sense of community engagement in Augusta.
“During such challenging economic times, I am thrilled that we are creating jobs and building something special right here in Georgia,” Peter Gibbons, executive vice president of Starbucks Global Supply Chain Operations, said in a statement. “Starbucks has long believed that there is a direct link between our success and the vitality of the communities in which we do business. With access to a skilled labor force, advanced technology, and critical transportation and logistics infrastructure, Augusta is a great example of how building high-tech manufacturing facilities in America makes good business sense while supporting the communities where our customers and partners live and work.”