Maker of Poland Spring to Open Distribution Center in Connecticut

BlueTriton Brands, whose portfolio includes spring water from Poland, has leased a warehouse near Bradley International Airport to expand its distribution capacity.

The company will occupy approximately 279,000 square feet at 18 Craftsman Road in East Windsor, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE, which represented BlueTriton and the landlord in the transaction.

“Demand for all classes of warehouse distribution is robust, especially assets in close proximity to I-91, providing efficient access to the New York and New England markets,” said the vice-president. CBRE President, Christopher Metcalfe.

Local officials in East Windsor, a town of about 11,000 in Hartford County, said they were encouraged by BlueTriton’s arrival.

“BlueTriton brings a national presence to East Windsor. Our location equidistant between Hartford and Springfield (Massachusetts), between New York and Boston, just off I-91 and close to Bradley International Airport makes East Windsor ideal for distribution,” said Jason Bowsza, first manager of East Windsor. “We welcome them and any business to East Windsor. There are lots of good things happening in town – and opportunities for more.

In response to a query from Hearst Connecticut Media, BlueTriton said in a statement that “the new facility in East Windsor will support our growth and innovation strategy.”

The company was unable to say when the warehouse would open or how many employees would be based there.

Last March, BlueTriton was sold for $4.3 billion by Nestlé to investment firms One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co.

The company was previously known as Nestle Waters North America. A few days after completing its sale, the company announced its name change from Nestle Waters North America to BlueTriton. Triton refers to a sea god in Greek mythology, while blue represents water.

As one of the largest beverage companies in North America, BlueTriton manages a portfolio that includes Poland Spring and other regional bottled water brands including Deer Park, Ozarka, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills and Arrowhead, as well as the Pure Life and Splash ranges. International premium water brands from Nestlé Perrier, S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna were not included in the sale to One Rock and Metropoulos & Co.

BlueTriton employs approximately 6,600 people, of which approximately 200 report to the head office at 900 Long Ridge Road in Stamford.

Last July, Jorge Mesquita was named the new CEO of BlueTriton. He previously worked as an executive at Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble.

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