Nestlé Waters North America reopens Hawkins bottling plant

30 November 2016 (Last Updated September 13th, 2017 12:38)

Nestlé Waters North America has reopened its bottling plant in Hawkins, US, after completing a seven-month long rebuilding project.

Nestlé Waters North America has reopened its bottling plant in Hawkins, US, after completing a seven-month long rebuilding project.

The plant, which produces the Ozarka brand of natural spring water, was damaged by a tornado in April.

The facility's roof, offices, air handlers, cooling towers and tractor trailers were all affected by the tornado.

However, the 150 employees present at the time escaped without any injuries.

Nestlé Waters North America chairman, CEO and president Tim Brown said: “The reopening of our Hawkins plant reminds us of how much can be accomplished when our employees rally together.

“Employees showed optimism and resilience in the face of adversity to come back stronger than ever, while keeping community needs as one of their most important priorities.

"The reopening of our Hawkins plant reminds us of how much can be accomplished when our employees rally together."

“Their commitment is truly outstanding and we look forward to celebrating the team’s efforts.”

The company currently employs more than 250 people at its Hawkins bottling facility, which serves Texas and other nearby states in the US.

Employing around 8,500 people, Nestlé Waters North America produces several brands of non-alcoholic beverages, such as Nestlé Pure Life, Perrier, and S. Pellegrino.

Last month, the company announced its plan to invest $36m in its Ice Mountain bottling operations in Stanwood, Michigan.

As part of the investment, two new water bottling lines and 20 jobs will be created at the plant.