Starbucks Coffee Company, the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world, today announced the opening of its state-of-the-art roasting plant located in Calhoun County in central South Carolina. The facility employs 100 full-time Starbucks partners (employees) and supplies coffee to the company’s southeastern U.S. stores. The facility is also is an example of the company’s global commitment to green design and has been awarded LEED Silver certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
“During these challenging economic times, I’m proud we are creating jobs by building something special here in South Carolina,” says Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and CEO. “In this business climate, it’s more important than ever that we make the right investments in our business, while making sure we do it in ways that support our business, the communities we work in, the environment and our people.”
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