Shelburne, Ont.-based Ice River Springs is opening a new bottled water plant in Lachute, Que. This will be the company’s 13th plant in North America, and its operations will reflect the company’s overall focus on environmental responsibility.
“We are thrilled to open a brand new facility in Lachute. It will enable us to provide high-quality bottled water to our customers in Quebec and the Maritimes using shorter transportation routes, helping us to further reduce our carbon footprint,” says Sandy Gott, executive vice-president at Ice River Springs. “We are also very pleased to become a part of the local community and to create 21 jobs in Lachute.”
According to the company’s media release, this multimillion-dollar investment is directly aligned with Ice River springs’ corporate vision, which is, “In everything we do, we have a passion for good health and preservation of the earth.”
Carl Péloquin, Mayor of Lachute, was very pleased about the new plant. “I am extremely proud to welcome to Lachute an environmentally responsible company such as Ice River Springs, creating local jobs and occupying a building that had been vacant for a number of years,” says Péloquin. “It is clear that Lachute now represents a hub for companies wishing to develop their market along the East-West axis in Québec and Ontario.”
Ice River Springs self-manufactures its own bottles in a closed loop recycling system. This involves taking in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging from municipal recycling programs, sorting, purifying and then producing certified food-grade plastic ready for reuse in 100-per-cent recycled water bottles.
“There is enough plastic in the world today, we just need to find ways to reuse it,” says Jamie Gott, CEO of Ice River Springs, “and this new plant will further our mission to develop products and processes that are better for people and better for the planet.”