A worker lifts a case of Niagara water. Photo courtesy of Niagara Bottling/Facebook.

Niagara Bottling LLC, a manufacturer of bottled water and other beverages, is planning to build a 600,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at Tradepoint Atlantic in Sparrows Point.

The company expects to move into the facility in spring 2023 after construction is complete, and the site is slated to add more than 90 new jobs.

“We are pleased to welcome Niagara Bottling as it expands its presence along the East Coast,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement. “Not only are we adding a well-known business to the state, but also the potential for more than a hundred new jobs in Sparrows Point. We are excited to see what the future holds for the company as it sets up its operations in Maryland.”

Andrew Peykoff Sr. founded Niagara in 1963 in California, where he bottled water for home and office delivery. The Peykoff family continues to run the company, which manufactures purified, spring, distilled, infant, alkaline, sparkling, and vitamin-enhanced waters as well as teas, coffees, protein drinks, and non-dairy milk products.

Niagara’s headquarters is in Diamond Bar, California, and the company has bottling facilities throughout the United States and Mexico.

The company has submitted a notice of intent to use the More Jobs for Marylanders program, which incentivizes manufacturers to add new jobs in Maryland; and Maryland’s Job Creation Tax Credit, according to a release from the governor’s office.

“Niagara Bottling has established strong business and community relationships throughout our numerous plant locations and we look forward to continued growth and success at our new production facility in Baltimore County,” Brian Hess, executive vice president at Niagara Bottling, said in a statement. “We’re excited to continue our strong legacy of manufacturing that creates jobs, builds partnerships, and makes a positive and lasting impact throughout Baltimore County.”

Niagara is the latest addition that has been announced for Tradepoint Atlantic, the 3,300-acre logistics and industrial center. Other companies moving into the site include a BMW vehicle distribution center, a manufacturing facility for medical supply company United Safety Technology, a manufacturing facility for offshore wind developer US Wind, and others.

Once Tradepoint Atlantic is fully built out, the industrial hub is expected to bring 11,000 permanent jobs, generate $2.9 billion in annual economic impact, and add a point to Maryland’s gross domestic product, according to the release.

“We are proud to have Niagara Bottling join the many world class companies that have selected Tradepoint Atlantic to expand their business on the East Coast,” Tradepoint Atlantic Managing Director Marc Salotti said in a statement. “Niagara will be able to take full advantage of the infrastructure assets offered at Tradepoint, including our robust water supply, onsite water treatment capabilities, and Baltimore Gas and Electric’s new 100 MW substation.”

The addition of Niagara will be a boon to Baltimore County, said Leonard Howie, director of the county’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

“We are excited that Niagara Bottling is expanding its footprint in Baltimore County,” Howie said in a statement. “The addition of this great business to Tradepoint Atlantic will not only provide more job opportunities for our highly trained workforce, but also marks another step forward in Sparrows Point’s transformative redevelopment as a global hub for commerce.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...