Nestle Waters

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Nestle is pulling out of the water bottling plant it was looking at building in Spring or Benner township.

A company spokeswoman said Monday that Nestle Waters looks at several factors in deciding where to put a plant. Those include the quality and taste of the water, the sustainability of the site and the logistics of getting the product to market.

The spokeswoman also said that Centre County “remains a leading candidate in our search for a third Pennsylvania bottling factory location, with an initial investment of $50 million.”

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Eric Andreus is Nestle Waters' natural resource manager for the mid-Atlantic.

On Monday, he was in the company’s new Bellefonte office in case anyone dropped by with questions.

“I certainly encourage people to come by if they have any questions about this project. Let’s sit down and talk about the project," Andreus said. "I would like to have an opportunity to speak with people and get the factual information out so they can make an informed decision.”

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The Bellefonte school board voted 8-1 Tuesday for a resolution supporting the potential Nestle water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township, Centre County.

Tax revenue, positive economic impacts and educational opportunities were listed as reasons in the resolution the school board approved. Board President Rod Musser is one of those who supports it.

“We have to realize that they will bring a lot of revenue to the entire district, including the state,” Musser said after the meeting.

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“Why should we sell to you when you commodify a human right?”

That was just one of dozens of questions representatives from Nestle Waters fielded during an information session Monday night on the water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township in Centre County.

Others focused on the environment, jobs and the company’s track record.

Nestle points to the positive economic impact the $50 million facility would have on the area. That includes 50 well-paying jobs at the bottling plant, along with tax revenues.