A new Augusta-based Starbucks Manufacturing Facility will Soon Open

A new Starbucks Coffee Company manufacturing plant is scheduled to open near Augusta, GA in early 2014.

The Augusta Chronicle reports 140 people will ultimately be employed at the facility.

The $172 million manufacturing plant will create the coffee base which goes into the highly popular Starbucks Frappuccino beverages and other ready-to-drink products.

According to the Augusta Chronicle report Walter Sprouse, executive director of the Augusta Economic Development Authority, said the Seattle-based coffee company is the first to locate in the industrial park. Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson said hiring at the 180,000-square-foot plant is underway. He said workers for many positions, including maintenance mechanics, automation specialists and operators, are still needed.

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