Calhoun County, S.C., Facility to Roast, Package and Ship Starbucks
Premium Coffees to Southeast Markets
SEATTLE & ST. MATTHEWS, S.C., April 9 /CNW/ - Starbucks Coffee Company
(Nasdaq: SBUX) today announced that St. Matthews in Calhoun County, S.C., is
the intended site of the Company's newest United States roasting facility.
Construction on the approximately 150,000 square foot facility, which is
approximately 15 miles from Columbia, is scheduled to begin by the end of this
year. Operations are planned to begin in early 2009.
"Starbucks is pleased to further strengthen our ties to the South
Carolina business community," said Peter Gibbons, Starbucks senior vice
president, manufacturing. "This new facility will help us meet increasing
demand for our premium coffees and allows us to support our growth in the
Southeast. We're very proud to play a positive role in the development of
Calhoun County through the creation of new jobs and opportunities."
When operating at full capacity, the plant will create approximately 160
new full-time positions. Starbucks chose the Calhoun County site based on
several factors, including workforce availability, transportation access,
quality of life and strong support from local and state leaders.
"Today's announcement is further evidence that our efforts to improve
economic conditions for business growth are producing real results for more
South Carolinians," said Gov. Mark Sanford. "Our ability to attract a
world-class company like Starbucks to a rural area of our state speaks volumes
to that. Also, given the size of this investment and the number of jobs that
come along with it, this is a real win that will have a tremendous impact on
the local economy for many years to come."
The new Calhoun County facility will house equipment and operations to
receive, roast, package and ship Starbucks coffee to distribution centers
servicing Company-operated stores, licensed stores and wholesale accounts
around the Southeastern U.S. It will provide additional roasting and packaging
capability to augment production from Starbucks four existing roasting plants.
Starbucks other roasting plants are in Kent, Wash.; York, Penn.; and Carson
Valley, Nev., and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
As of Q1 fiscal year 2007, Starbucks currently had approximately 50
Company-operated and licensed retail locations in South Carolina with more
than 2,200 stores in the Southeastern region of the U.S., including West
Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama,
Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
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