Premium Waters in Chippewa Falls celebrated the expansion of their current facility in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday that will enable the plant to nearly double its production.
The ribbon-cutting event was attended by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who praised the company for choosing to expand in the Chippewa Valley.
Plant manager Bill Mercer said the expansion came after the company purchased a previously-rented building on Olson Drive. Premium Waters expanded that facility to a total of 166,000 square feet.
The expansion coincided with the hiring of 35 new employees.
"The big thing is the jobs," Mercer said. "We're doing this during a rather sluggish economy."
Mercer said the increase Premium Waters has seen in sales is probably due to a more health-conscious public and a lack of pure water from other sources.
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