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  • Niagara Bottling to bring large facility to far west OKC

    Work has started on a large plant for Niagara Bottling in far west Oklahoma City.

    Headquarted in Southern California and family owned, the company manufactures Niagara Purified Drinking Water and has similar facilities in about 20 locations around North America.

    Documents show that the warehouse would be 340,000 square feet plus 67,000 square feet of office space at 500 N. Sara Road, just north of I-40 and east of the Kilpartrick Turnpike.

    The land is currently owned by local developers Gardner Tanenbaum, who acquired this property several years ago as part of the unfinished Corning building which they have subsequently completed and have been leasing to office tenants. The five story building is now known as Westgate One.

    Dick Tanenbaum had purchased the 190-acre tract along with the abandoned building for $3 million from Corning, who had reportedly invested around $40 million before the sale.

    Since the purchase by Tanenbaum, several parcels have been sold off to manufacturing and warehouse businesses.

    In recently built, similar-sized bottling plants in the U.S., Niagara has created multiple manufacturing lines and employed up to 100 people.

    Cathy O'Connor with the Alliance for Economic Development said no agreement on public incentives has been reached with Niagara but indicated they are still a possibility. In several new markets, Niagara has negotiated financial incentives in exchange for construction and job creation.

    The plant represents yet another large manufacture in far western Oklahoma City, joining recent companies such as Hobby Lobby, Schlumberger, American Tire Distributors, and the under-construction Amazon facility.

    Calls to Niagara's headquarters were not returned.
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