Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced coffee brewer Keurig Green Mountain is opening a manufacturing site in Douglas County that he says will create 550 jobs and bring around $377 million dollars in investments.
Deal and Keurig officials made the announcement Thursday at the state Capitol.
Keurig is known for its instant homebrew coffee machines and accompanying single-cup packets, or hot pods. However, the new Douglas County facility will be dedicated to a new line of cold brewing pods, including Coca-Cola products.
“To have a major brand such as Keurig Green Mountain come there with a new product, which is certainly is that, I think is exciting not only for them, but for the state of Georgia,” Deal said.
Keurig will take over an existing 580,000 square foot facility.
“All things considered, the location offers the best mix of resources that we believe will contribute to our ability to innovate our products,” said Ziad Shiblaq, a senior director with Keurig’s cold brew department.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola earlier this year increased its shares in Keurig from 10 to 16 percent after announcing a partnership with Keurig to develop home-brew Coke products.
The move reportedly makes Coke the largest shareholder in the home-brewing company.