LARGEST WATER BOTTLING FACILITY IN THE UNITED STATES OPENS IN ONTARIO, CALIF.
LARGEST WATER BOTTLING FACILITY IN THE UNITED STATES OPENS IN ONTARIO, CALIF. 366,000-Square-Foot Arrowhead(R) Plant Can Produce a Half-Million Gallons Daily ONTARIO, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, the leading bottled spring water in California and the nation, today opened a new state-of-the-art bottling facility in Ontario, 45 miles east of Los Angeles. The massive 366,000- square-foot structure will serve Arrowhead's growing markets in California and Arizona and is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. The new facility replaces the Arrowhead City of Industry plant, which the company closed recently. Arrowhead's production capacity will double to 38 million cases a year, or roughly a half-million gallons a day. Ronald V. Davis, president of Greenwich, Conn.-based Perrier Group of America, the parent company of Arrowhead, hosted the grand opening ceremonies which was attended by several state, county and city officials and representatives from California businesses. Two of California Gov. Wilson's cabinet members, Carl D. Covitz, secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and Richard Sybert, state planning director, and Ontario Mayor James Fatland were on hand for the opening of the plant, which represents a $25 million investment into the San Bernardino County economy. The facility employs 125 people. "We are truly delighted that Arrowhead has located its new facility here in California," said Covitz. "This is proof positive that California remains an attractive location for manufacturing firms." Davis said that the strong demand for Arrowhead necessitated building the new facility, which is more than double the size of the City of Industry plant. Over the past five years, Arrowhead sales have grown by more than 40 percent. "We were operating beyond capacity in the old facility and simply outgrew it," said Davis. Davis said the company selected the Ontario site because of its close proximity to both the Arrowhead spring source, located some 35 miles northeast in the San Bernardino Mountains and to the Southern California and Arizona markets, which the plant serves. Asked if the company ever considered moving the bottling facility out of state, Davis said, "Absolutely not. Arrowhead has been a vital part of California for nearly 100 years and we are committed to keeping it that way. Besides, Arrowhead has its slogan to live up to: 'Pure California.'" The Arrowhead Ontario facility is equipped with the latest technologically advanced bottling and packaging equipment. The aircraft-hangar-size building, seven football fields big, features five bottle filler lines that together fill more than 2,500 bottles per minute. The facility also features its own blow-molding machines to make plastic (Polyethylene) bottles on site. Operated by Propak, the machines turn out 150,000 recyclable bottles per day, made from high-density Polyethylene pellets received by rail car. Rancho Cucamonga resident Steve Bendix is manager of the Arrowhead Ontario facility. The plant will operate 24 hours a day, five days a week. Starting Sept. 16, the facility will be open for public tours on Wednesday afternoons. For more information, call the plant switchboard at 714-460-0775, ext. 251. The Arrowhead bottling facility is located at 5772 E. Jurupa St. in Ontario. The Perrier Group of America is the leading producer and marketer of bottled water in the United States. In addition to Arrowhead, the company owns several other bottled water companies in the United States, including Calistoga Water in California, Poland Spring in Maine, Great Bear in New Jersey, Ozarka in Texas and Zephyrhills in Florida. It is also the U.S. importer of Perrier Sparkling Water of France. -0- 9/9/92 /CONTACT: Steve Bendix of Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, 714-460-0775, ext. 227; or Jane Lazgin of The Perrier Group of America, 203-863-0240/ CO: Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water Co.; The Perrier Group of America ST: California IN: FOD SU:
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