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Mount Shasta Herald - Mount Shasta, CA
  • Crystal Geyser interested in Mount Shasta's empty Coke plant

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  • Crystal Geyser Water Company may purchase the Coca Cola water bottling facility in Mount Shasta, which has been sitting empty since Jan. 2011.
    "We can confirm that Crystal Geyser Water Company... has expressed interest in this facility. We hope to have more details to share in the future," said Richard Weklych, Executive Vice President on Friday afternoon, Aug. 24.
    Crystal Geyser Water Company manufactures flavored waters, juices and teas and differs from its sister company in Weed, which manufactures alpine spring water, Weklych said.
    Coca Cola announced in March, 2010 it would stop all water bottling operations by the end of that year, due to "market conditions and overcapacity in the bottled water industry," according to Coca Cola spokesperson Ray Crockett, who has since retired.
    In April, the asking price for the nearly 145,000 square foot building was $5.2 million, according to the Siskiyou County Economic Development Council. Located just outside Mount Shasta's city limits on Ski Village Drive, the building was completed in 2001.
    Before its closure, the plant employed 46 people. Of those four were transferred to Coca Cola facilities elsewhere in the country.
    Information from Coca Cola about the possible sale was unavailable as of Friday afternoon.

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