Keurig to open new production facility in Georgia

Keurig Green Mountain announced it's opening a new manufacturing facility in Douglas County, Georgia. The new 585,000-square-foot plant will produce pods for the company's new Keurig Cold product, an in-home cold beverage system, according to a statement from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. The new facility follows Keurig and Coca-Cola announcing a partnership to develop the Keurig Cold system with Coca-Cola products, which they expect will be available in 2015.

Keurig has numerous development, manufacturing and distribution facilities through the U.S. and Canada. The company chose Douglas County, Georgia, because of the diverse and skilled workforce, as well as the geographic and economic benefits, according to Keurig Chief Executive Officer Brian Kelley. The Douglas County plant will work with Keurig's Early Production Center in Williston, Vermont, which will be the central location for the initial work on Keurig Cold.

The company plans to invest $337 million into the facility site over the next five years, according to the company's statement. The new facility will create about 550 jobs over the next five years.

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