Macon County Chronicle

RBS Nestlé Plant Mobilizes for Hurricane Relief


Red Boiling Springs, TN -- Three truck loads of bottled water (over 100,000 bottles) will soon be leaving the Nestlé Waters Macon County Bottling facility as a part of hurricane relief efforts being coordinated with AmeriCares and the American Red Cross.

Each truck load contains approximately 35,000 bottles of water. They will be headed to hard-hit areas in North Carolina as a part of relief efforts surrounding Hurricane Irene which ravaged the East Coast of the United States this past weekend. In North Carolina, some of the bottled water from Tennessee will be delivered by AmeriCares to food pantries serving communities coping with heavy flooding.   

“Our employees, and indeed all the citizens of Macon County, understand what it means to be hard hit by a weather emergency,” said Tony Dexter, Plant Manager. “We’ve had our own challenges in recent years especially with tornadoes and floods. So we are more than ready to support relief efforts by providing this water on behalf of the people of Macon County and all the citizens of Tennessee.”

The Nestlé Waters Macon County plant was built in 2003 with its first shipment of bottled water leaving the plant in May, 2004. The plant is the largest LEED-certified “green building” in Tennessee and represents a capital investment of more than $300 million in the area since 2004.  The plant currently employs around 100 persons generating a $1 million annual payroll. Nestlé Waters spends more than $160 million annually with Tennessee companies.  The plant bottles its water under the Nestlé Pure life Purified Water brand.