Green Mountain Coffee HQ to remain in VT, new plant under development

first_imgSource: August 17, 2009. WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Following announcements that they would be moving their corporate headquarters from Waterbury, Vermont, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters have revealed that the company will nonetheless remain in Vermont.According to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters had been planning to relocate out of state, possibly to Seattle, Boston, or Tennessee. The company ultimately chose not to leave Vermont, although it declined to explain what factors were involved in its final decision, or what towns and cities were being considered for the new headquarters.The company said that its CEO, legal department, information technology, finance and corporate-responsibility teams, in addition to sections of human resources, will all be making the move. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters also said that the move would not lesson the importance of their Waterbury facility. The product development team will expand into Waterbury and the village will serve as base for the special coffee business unitGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters also announced that it has chosen Sumner, Washington as the future location for a new manufacturing and distribution facility for its specialty coffee Business unit. The new leased site will support the continued expansion of the Tully s Coffee brand and wholesale business, the national expansion of other brands and the growth of the company s single-cup business. We are extremely excited about joining the Sumner community and are grateful for the support we received from the State of Washington Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the City of Sumner, said Jon Wettstein, VP of Supply Chain Operations for GMCR s Specialty Coffee Business Unit. Our investment in a new, modern site in Sumner will complement our existing facilities in our home state of Vermont and in Knox County, Tennessee. It will allow us to accommodate the significant growth and expansion we are planning for the Tully s business, as well as for the expansion of our other brands on the West Coast.The Sumner site is the latest in a series of expansions for GMCR s Specialty Coffee Business Unit. In 2007, new K-Cup production lines were added to its Waterbury plant, and the Company opened a second manufacturing site in Essex, Vermont. In September 2008, the Company opened a facility in Knox County, TN and is in the process of expanding operations there. The Sumner facility is expected to be operational this fall. There are many great cities in Washington, and after an extensive search, GMCR chose Sumner, said Mayor Dave Enslow. That is quite an honor for us, and we re so pleased to welcome GMCR as part of our community. last_img

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