Beverage co-packing company to create more than 200 jobs, invest $68M in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday a new contract beverage manufacturer will establish its first facility in Kannapolis while creating more than 200 new jobs in Cabarrus County.

In a release, officials said Prime Beverage Group is a beverage co-packing company that contracts with brand name companies to mix and package their drinks.

Prime Beverage Group plans to invest $68 million to establish a full-service, state-of-the-art production facility and add 231 new jobs to the Kannapolis area.

“North Carolina is the ideal location to create new products and serve new markets,” Cooper said. “Prime Beverage Group’s first manufacturing facility in our state showcases our readiness to grow jobs and move our state’s economy forward.”

Officials said the 300,000 square-foot facility will include a warehouse and high-speed manufacturing lines in order to produce several high quality products.

According to Prime Beverage, it can fill up to 1,500 cans per minute with new packaging technology.

“Utilizing the latest innovations in technology and high-speed equipment, Prime Beverage Group will bring much needed capacity at the highest efficiencies with the lowest cost to the co-packing market.” Jeremy Lantz, CEO of Prime Beverage Group said. “The decision to locate here in Cabarrus County is a reflection of the community of Kannapolis and the workforce that lives here and in the surrounding communities. Prime Beverage Group is excited to make Kannapolis our home.”

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The company said it is looking to add technicians, sales representatives, operations team members and managerial personnel.

The average annual salary for new positions could exceed $65,900, compared to the current average annual salary in Cabarrus County, which sits just under $39,000.