TANGIPAHOA PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Niagara Bottling plans to build a $160-million production facility near Hammond.

According to a news release from Louisiana Economic Development, the California-based company is set to build a 500,000-square-foot facility that will use cutting-edge technology. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

The facility is expected to create about 70 direct jobs, with salaries averaging about $55,000 per year. Another 100 indirect jobs are estimated across the Southeast Region.

“Niagara’s new production facility will help grow Louisiana’s food and beverage industry while continuing to diversify and strengthen our thriving manufacturing sector,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in the release. “Manufacturing jobs have a powerful ripple effect on our economy, so the 170 new job opportunities this project creates will benefit not only Tangipahoa Parish but the entire Southeast Region.”

Niagara has more than 40 production facilities that span the globe. The company says it employs over 7,000 people in those facilities.

To recruit the company, the state offered an incentive package that included “a performance-based $750,000 award through the Economic Development Award Program to support site infrastructure improvements,” per the release. The company will also participate in the Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

“Niagara Bottling is grounded in principles that put strong business and community relationships first, and we look forward to deepening our connection with Tangipahoa Parish through the establishment of this facility,” said Niagara Bottling Executive Vice President Brian Hess. “Louisiana has a rich beverage manufacturing history, and Tangipahoa Parish stood out as a highly attractive partner for this project thanks to a combination of location, logistical support and potential workforce.”

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