JOHNSTOWN - Construction of CG Roxane's new 176,000-square-foot springwater bottling plant in the town is going well and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2013, Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz said Wednesday.
Mraz said French company owner Pierre Papillaud has flown into the area to witness the project going up at 325 Watershed Road.
Framework of the new plant has started to be erected on a 72-acre parcel and sitework is being overseen by Gilles Romet, CG Roxane's director of development. Trucks from the construction company doing the work - Munter Enterprises of Middle Grove, Saratoga County - could be seen coming in and out of the site this week.
Workers move steel beams as they erect framework for the new CG Roxane facility Wednesday in the town of Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
San Francisco-based CG Roxane is investing more than $25 million and plans for the facility to produce more than a million bottles of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water per day.
The company has a contract to buy water from the village of Canajoharie. The company has said it might purchase Johnstown city water, but it doesn't yet have a water contract with the city.
"We haven't heard a word from them," city Water Board President Nicholas Cannizzo Sr. said today.
CG Roxane is rebuilding Old Sweet Road to town of Johnstown standards to provide easier access from Route 29.
A company spokesman could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The company initially plans to hire 33 people and would hire more than a dozen more when it expands with a proposed second phase that would include a 65,545-square-foot addition of warehouse space.
Mraz, also executive director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, told the IDA board last week that CG Roxane's site has been cleared, concrete footings for walls are being poured, trees are being cleared for Old Sweet Road and Old Sweet Road is being graded.
He also told the IDA the lease and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements for CG Roxane have been finalized. A land description and map prepared by a licensed land surveyor also were due to be given to the IDA.
CG?Roxane is building its facility on land owned by the IDA. The term of the lease and PILOT agreements is 10 years.
At the end of the lease, the IDA will convey title of the facility back to the company. CG Roxane is receiving two exemptions from the IDA - a 485-b real property tax exemption and a sales-tax exemption.
Mraz on Wednesday provided more information about CG Roxane, which owns and operates six other water-bottling plants in the United States. They are in Moultonborough, N.H.; Salem, S.C.; Benton, Tenn.; Norman, Ark.; Mt. Shasta, Calif.; and Olancha Peak, Calif.
The company uses a double disinfection process that allows for retention of natural minerals contained in the spring water.
CG Roxane also is majority-owned and controlled by a family that has been bottling water and other beverages in Europe for more than 50 years. Otsuka Holdings Co, Ltd. - a Japanese manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, foods and beverages - is a minority shareholder in the company through its ownership of the Crystal Geyser Water Company.
CG Roxane exclusively produces spring water. Crystal Geyser Water Company produces four natural beverages that include mineral water, juice and tea.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.