Fizz, bubbles coming to desert economy

     Carbonation, fizz and high-fructose corn syrup will bubble over into the High Desert economy come 2010.
     Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc — formerly Cadbury Schweppes plc Americas Beverages — announced on Wednesday it will build a $120 million beverage-producing plant at Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville.
     The 850,000-square-foot building will employ 200 people and “become the company’s Western hub… serving California and parts of the Southwest,” a news release states.
     It’s expected to produce 40 million cases of soft drinks, juices, teas, energy drinks and other beverages every year.
     Construction starts this October on the gigantic facility.
     The news, no doubt, is welcome to residents living in an economy that once flew high during the housing boom. A downtrodden real-estate market has put thousands of dry wall hangers, electricians, framers, roofers, and general contractors out of work.
     The sluggish economy also forced AGC Flat Glass North America Inc. to lay off 275 employees at its Victorville plant in April. The Georgia-based company — part of Japan-based Mitsubishi — made glass for window manufacturers and wholesalers at the High Desert location.
     Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc went public earlier this year at $25.50 a share and closed at $23.79 on Wednesday evening.
matthew.wrye@inlandnewspapers.com

Look below to read Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc’s news release:

Press Release Source: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group to Build Facility in Southern California
Wednesday June 18, 7:00 am ET

$120 million, world-class facility will employ 200 people, serve as Western distribution center

PLANO, Texas, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — To support the growth of its leading flavored soft drink and non-carbonated beverage brands, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPSNews) has finalized an agreement to open a world-class production and distribution center in Victorville, Calif.

The $120 million facility is expected to employ 200 people and will become the company’s Western hub in a regional manufacturing and distribution footprint serving California and parts of the desert Southwest. The company will produce a wide range of soft drinks, juices, juice drinks, ready-to-drink teas, energy drinks and other premium beverages at the Victorville plant.

The facility will be constructed at Southern California Logistics Airport, an 8,500-acre master planned multimodal freight transportation hub developed on the site of the former George Air Force Base and supported by air, ground and rail connections. The DPS plant will consist of an 850,000-square-foot building on 57-acres, including 550,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a 300,000-square-foot manufacturing plant with up to six manufacturing lines.

“This is an important step toward strengthening our production, distribution and overall route to market on the West Coast,” said Larry Young, president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “The Victorville plant will enable us to get both our carbonated and non-carbonated brands to our customers and consumers more efficiently than ever before and will lay the foundation for future growth in that region.”

“When a company with the reputation of Dr Pepper Snapple chooses Victorville, it speaks of our continued success to attract high quality development and jobs for our residents,” said Victorville Mayor Terry Caldwell. “Southern California Logistics Airport is the perfect location for a growing company and we welcome Dr Pepper Snapple to our community.”

Construction is set to begin in October 2008. Upon opening in early 2010, the facility will have the capacity to annually produce as many as 40 million cases of product and will serve nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (NYSE: DPSNews) is an integrated refreshment beverage business marketing more than 50 beverage brands to consumers throughout North America. In addition to its flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company’s portfolio includes 7UP, Mott’s, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada Dry, Schweppes, Squirt, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Penafiel, Rose’s, Yoo-hoo, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T Mixers and other well-known consumer favorites. Based in Plano, Texas, Dr Pepper Snapple Group employs approximately 20,000 people and operates 24 bottling and manufacturing facilities and more than 200 distribution centers across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, please visit http://www.drpeppersnapple.com/

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (which Sections were adopted as part of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). These forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions concerning future events and are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include but are not limited to those set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10. The anticipated results described in the forward-looking statements could be materially different from the actual events and results. DPS disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, a future event, or otherwise



Source: Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.

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