McBEE — Nestlé Waters North America has named Tom Strowe factory manager of its new Chesterfield County bottling plant.
Strowe will oversee the factory’s 40 to 50 employees who will produce Deer Park spring water and Nestlé Pure Life purified water. The facility is scheduled to open in early 2016 and will serve customers primarily in the Southeast.
“My family and I are very excited about moving to South Carolina,” Strowe said in a company news release. “We vacationed here in the past and thought the Palmetto State would be a great place to live.”
Strowe, his wife MaryBeth and daughter Makayla moved down from Pennsylvania in February. Strowe also has two stepchildren, Patrick and Gabrielle, who will be visiting South Carolina on a regular basis.
“We are trying to quickly learn the area and are looking forward to becoming a part of the community,” said Strowe.
A Nestlé employee for 26 years, Strowe spent his first 11 years in home and office delivery as a warehouse resource in Somerset and Moonachie, New Jersey. He then spent the next 15 years in supply chain management in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he spent time in multiple roles including production resource in bottling, blow molding and injection molding. Strowe also spent seven years as the operations manager of bottling operations.
Most recently he served as logistics manager overseeing both the Deer Park and Nestlé Pure Life warehouse operations in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
“Tom Strowe’s extensive manufacturing experience makes him a perfect fit to launch our new $40 million, 200,000 square-foot bottling plant,” said Peter Rittenhouse, supply chain director for Nestlé Waters. “Now we are counting on Tom to help us find local residents who are eager to join our team and help make the South Carolina project a success.”
Nestlé Waters has been looking at locating in Chesterfield County since 2008. Nestlé Waters senior natural resource specialist Lance Tully has led the effort to study the water quantity and quality and to study the infrastructure capacity of bringing a $40 million economic development project to the area.
“It’s great to have Tom on site with me in South Carolina,” said Tully. “I look forward to introducing him to the many people who so warmly welcomed me into the community.”