Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. To Invest $180 Million In Virginia Facility

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will establish a production and distribution facility in Isle of Wight County, Va. The company will invest $180 million over the initial five-years of the facility’s operations. GMCR has agreed to purchase a 330,000-square-foot building on a 64 acre parcel of land in Isle of Wight County, where it expects to house coffee roasting, grinding, flavoring, and packaging of its single-serve portion packs for its Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System. Within five years, it is estimated the new facility will have as many as 800 employees.
GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and allocates at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.
“The Commonwealth of Virginia’s appealing business incentives and the workforce potential of Isle of Wight County’s robust local communities were critical factors in our new site selection,” said Jon Wettstein, vice president, supply chain operations of GMCR’s specialty coffee business unit in a prepared statement. “We are extremely thankful for the support and cooperation we have received from local, county and state officials to make this new site a reality, and look forward to ongoing collaboration among those constituents as we finalize the project details.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Isle of Wight County to secure the project for Virginia. The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance was instrumental in the project. Governor McDonnell approved a $4 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Isle of Wight County with the project. GMCR may be eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. In addition, through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the Company’s recruitment and training activities.