VICTORVILLE, CA-The Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s new manufacturingand distribution facility has opened here. The 850,000-square-footproperty, at the Southern California Logistics Airport, is one ofthe largest construction projects completed across the country thisyear.

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Keith Metzler, director of economic development for the city,said a pro-business climate helped bring the company to the area.“This project represents a positive development amidst the backdropof a challenging Southern California economy and will pave the wayfor additional high-caliber corporations to follow,” he said in astatement.

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The facility serves as the company’s western manufacturing anddistribution hub, bringing up to 40 million cases of product toCalifornia and parts of the Southwest. The site is made up a550,000-square-foot distribution center, five filling lines, officespace, and beverage processing and support systems. The Plano,TX-based firm will manufacture and distribute soft drink and juicebrands such as Snapple, A&W Root Beer, Schweppes, Squirt, RCCola, Mott’s, 7UP and Hawaiian Punch at the property.

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Other tenants at the airport include Newell Rubbermaid and GETransportation. Plastipak Packaging Inc. also recently agreed tolease a 260,000-square-foot building at the airport for nineyears.

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