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