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Keurig move will help shift tax burden from homeowners, commissioner says
by Bill Baldowski
June 25, 2014 01:08 PM | 1672 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A nationally-known coffee company’s selection of Lithia Springs for a manufacturing facility represents a major job creation event in Douglas County and will help shift the burden of funding county government from homeowners, a commissioner said.

District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson said Keurig Green Mountain Inc.’s choice of eastern Douglas County for its ninth production and distribution facility in the U.S. represents a $337 million investment.

“This means that, with this corporate investment, we will be able to shift more of the burden of the tax digest off the backs of homeowners and have it assumed by commercial property owners,” he said.

The company’s new plant, to be located on Staples Drive just off Blair’s Bridge Road, will generate 550 new jobs within a five-year period, said Brian Kelley, president and CEO of Vermont-based Keurig.

The company now produces a single-cup coffee system. The new facility will be designed to support the production of pods for the company’s planned Keurig Cold platform which will provide a way to produce cold beverage brands quickly, Kelley said.

Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement last week of the company’s plans for a 585,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

According to Kelley, the Douglas County region offers a diverse and skilled employee base as well as many geographic and economic benefits, which makes it a great location for the company’s new facility.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from local and state representatives to help bring us to this region and we look forward to becoming an active part of the community,” he said.

Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan said the county was honored to have Keurig select Douglas for its new home.

“They have trusted their brand to our county and we are grateful and welcome Keurig to our community,” he said in a news release, adding that Douglas County offers advantages in location, transportation, a low tax rate and “high livability.”

Robinson, whose district includes the planned site, said one of the main advantages for Douglas County residents was diversification of the tax digest, including shifting more of the tax burden to manufacturers from residential property tax payers who have traditionally shouldered the burden of funding government services.

“Whatever I can do as a commissioner to attract these large corporate employers goes a long way in righting our tax digest,” Robinson said. Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Matt Barrington said his group was “delighted that Keurig has chosen Douglas County as the site of their new cold brewing manufacturing facility.”

Keurig will be taking job applications on line this fall, he said. For more information on job opportunities at the new manufacturing plant, visit www.KeurigGreenMountain.com or e-mail jobs@gmcr.com.



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