Green Mountain Coffee to expand into Williston (8/20/09)

Aug. 20, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

One of Vermont’s fastest growing companies will be expanding into Williston in the coming months.


    Observer photo by Tim Simard
Green Mountain Coffee, based in Waterbury, will soon be expanding into Williston.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is growing at such a fast rate there is a need to expand further from its company headquarters in Waterbury, said public relations manager Sandy Yusen.

Yusen said the Williston expansion will include the company’s non-manufacturing capabilities. She said gift box and variety pack assembly will take place at the new location, as will inventory control and some of Green Mountain Coffee’s K-Cup operations. K-Cups are single-serving coffee containers that work only in Keurig-brand brewing machines.

The company’s brewer service department will also be located in Williston, according to Yusen. The department ensures that Green Mountain Coffee’s wholesale customers have the right equipment to brew the coffee and everything is working properly, Yusen said.

“The department includes an equipment service call center as well as brewer refurbishing, technical support and training,” she said.

Green Mountain Coffee will be moving into a 70,500 square-foot warehouse at 687 Marshall Ave. in the E-Commerce Park within the next 30 to 60 days, Yusen said. According to town records, Williston-based Miller Realty Group owns the property.

As part of the company’s expansion, Green Mountain Coffee is planning to move its corporate headquarters from Waterbury, as well. Yusen said the company is looking at space in “southern Chittenden County,” but would not say if that includes Williston or other nearby cities and towns.

For several years, the company has been expanding its operations outside Waterbury. The company has an 87,000 square-foot warehouse location in Essex for much of its K-Cup production. Green Mountain Coffee also has operations in Massachusetts, Tennessee and Washington state.

Sales and earnings at Green Mountain Coffee have grown steadily in recent years. For the past five years, the company has had an annual growth rate of 18.7 percent, according to its Web site. Its net revenues in the most recent quarter were a little more than $193 million as opposed to $120 million during the same quarter last year.

In recent weeks, a report from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development said Green Mountain Coffee was considering moving its operations out of state due to rapid growth. The report suggested the move would be detrimental to the state’s economy.

But Yusen said Green Mountain Coffee will remain in Vermont.

“We’re committed to maintaining our home here,” Yusen said.  

She also said the company ill remain committed to Waterbury, even with some of its production and corporate headquarters in the process of moving. Yusen said the product development team would expand in Waterbury, along with the special coffee business branch.

As for Williston, Yusen said she did not have the specifics as to how many employees would be relocated to the new facility, nor how many new employees Green Mountain Coffee may hire.

“As our business grows, there’s room for the number of our employees to grow,” Yusen said.