Nestle Waters of North America has announced it won’t be building a water bottling plant in Orting, WA, leaving industry watchers wondering where they’re planning to locate their “we-want-to-break-ground-by 2010” Northwestern water bottling plant.
From the Seattle-Tacoma news site:
Nestle Waters North America is no longer exploring Orting as a site for its first bottling plant in the Pacific Northwest.
The company was considering Orting’s three mountain springs as sources for a plant that would bottle 100 million gallons of water a year.
Officials in the East Pierce County city announced Wednesday afternoon that Nestle would not locate its plant in the city, ending talks that started in June.
The company’s only West Coast plant north of California is in Hope, B.C.
David Palais, Nestle Waters’ natural resource manager, said Wednesday that the company’s decision was based on a variety of factors. He said there weren’t any specific problems with Orting’s water volume or supply.
“We have a whole list of factors, such as land and infrastructure requirements, and certain ones look like they’d be better for us at other locations,” Palais said. “As a company, we obviously have limited resources. We have to focus on a location where the group of factors appears more promising.”
One potential new Nestle bottling plant is Cascade Locks (OR), where one resident has written in frustration; she’d rather not see Nestle do there what they did in Calistoga.