Coffee business may pour money into Burlington
April 3, 2012 by James
A U.S. coffee company that has revolutionized the single-serve drip coffee industry may move its headquarters to Burlington.
Keurig, already based in Massachusetts, is expanding and would like to stay in the state. Burlington is on the short list of possible locations.
Vice-president of corporate relations for Keurig, Chris Stevens, attended a Board of Selectmen meeting in Burlington recently and told those gathered that the company would like to keep its corporate headquarters in Massachusetts, stating that the city has a great community in which to take this opportunity.
A well-known name in home and office coffee brewing machines, Keurig was first started in 1990 in Waltham. Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters absorbed Keurig in 2006, with corporate headquarters established in Reading. As Stevens explained to Burlington selectmen, Keurig’s current location does not allow for expansion. Hoping to develop a research and development component to its plant, Keurig officials are scouting out a half million square foot space that would possibly bring 368 employees into the area and create a further 400 jobs in Burlington. The economic boost is sure to revitalize the Burlington area economy, growing the local economy, attracting new companies, and bringing in new business to Burlington print companies.
There are two potential buildings that would meet Keurig’s requirements. Selectman Robert Hogan stated that they would have do whatever possible to ensure this Massachusetts company is kept within the state. His sentiment was echoed by each member of the Board of Selectmen. Poster and banner printing for causes such as this could be produced by local print companies, keen to support the local community.