October 19, 2022 – Manna Capital Partners has chosen a CSX-served site in Montgomery, Alabama, to develop a $600 million beverage complex with an emphasis on production and supply chain sustainability.
To be constructed on 180 acres in the CSX Select Site off Interstate 65 at Wasden Road, the facility owned by Manna Capital subsidiary Manna Beverages & Ventures (MB&V) is expected to begin operations in early 2025.
“Our goal is to be the leading total beverage supply chain company in North America while operating with the highest quality, sustainable capabilities needed to produce beverages for world-class brand owners,” said Ulysses L. “Junior” Bridgeman, managing partner at Manna Capital, a minority-owned firm based in Louisville, Kentucky. “MB&V fills the gap for major brands who want to be asset light, nimble and make a difference in their communities by hiring minority and women-owned businesses.”
In cooperation with local business development officials and a site-search firm, CSX assisted in Manna’s selection of the Wasden Road site, which met the company’s requirements for supply chain sustainability.
“CSX congratulates Manna Beverages & Ventures on its business growth and its decision to locate its new facility on a CSX Select Site,” said Arthur Adams, CSX senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “We’re looking forward to serving as Manna’s supply chain partner at the Wasden Road Industrial Site, which is ideally situated to capture the advantages of reliable, cost-effective and carbon-friendly rail transportation.”
CSX will deliver raw materials to the complex, which will offer beverage companies comprehensive packaging services, warehousing and a production facility for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
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