MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After three years of working with Mountaintop Beverage, West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt officially welcomed them to the Morgantown Industrial Park on Friday.
The state-of-the-art beverage manufacturing plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year and employ around 300 people.
“We’re looking for a chance to really revitalize the dairy industry, not just in West Virginia, but in Pennsylvania as well,” Leonhardt said.
The facility uses the “aseptic” process to produce a shelf-stable dairy product, something Leonhardt had seen during his military service in the Middle East. Dairy products are ultra-high temperature pasteurized and then immediately bottled in a sterile environment with special packaging designed to keep air out.
“We need this process here in the United States and it’s growing and we’re going to have a state-of-the-art plant here in West Virginia,” Leonhardt said.
US Senator Shelley Moore Capito visited the facility a few times during construction and believes the company has a bright future here.
“Fantastic milk, iced coffees and all kinds of drinks, we’re going to be on top here,” Capito said after his final round on Friday. “It’s going to help our dairy farmers, it’s going to help our kids in school – what a great business.”
Mountaintop Beverage is one of the most exciting projects I’ve seen in West Virginia, and I’m thrilled they’re opening a store in Morgantown soon! pic.twitter.com/jTPv9ziCn2
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) September 16, 2022
This phase is a 475,000 square foot facility that is designed to be expanded as demand for the coffee, dairy and other beverages produced there increases. Additionally, officials plan to work with West Virginia food banks and backpacking programs to help those less fortunate.
“This is designed for expansion – they can expand,” Leonhardt said. “I expect this 300,000+ square foot facility to grow to 700,000 square feet one day.”
Total investment in the region by Mountaintop Beverage is estimated at over $300 million.