ONTARIO, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Among the smallest of the companies to donate $1 million or more for hurricane relief, privately held Niagara Bottling has always emphasized its commitment to the communities it operates in, and to supporting first responders and disaster victims everywhere.
With clean water being the absolute essential ingredient for survival, aid and recovery, Niagara has donated millions of bottles of water in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico City.
Says Andy Peykoff II, CEO of the bottler his father founded in 1963, "We've always maintained that nothing is more important than family. And we've come to define 'family' as our employees, their families and, even beyond, people in need in the communities where we operate our plants and where we do business." The $1 million relief donation is the largest since Niagara established its charitable arm, Niagara Cares, in 2014. And the millions of bottles donated in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico are among the largest among all U.S. bottlers.
In Texas, Niagara donated two million bottles of water throughout state relief agencies including Feed The Children, Convoy of Hope, the Houston Food Bank and local police and fire departments. In Florida, the company has donated over one million bottles so far and, says Peykoff, "we'll continue supplying water as long as our partner agencies need it." The company has donated hundreds of thousands of bottles of water to support the Caribbean and to Mexico City, with more on the way as sea and air transport become available.
"This has been a season of heartbreaking disasters," Peykoff said. "We make a product that is essential to human life. We commit to doing our part – and more – to help."
Niagara's commitment to its communities was tested first when Harvey hit Texas, doing substantial damage in the towns of Seguin and Missouri City, Texas, where the company employs over 160 people. Several employees were stranded at their plant for a brief time; many others were forced to evacuate their homes, which saw extensive damage. "The good news," Peykoff says, "is that everyone was safe and unharmed. So many of our team members acted heroically and selflessly to rescue, shelter and support their neighbors. I'm incredibly proud, but not at all surprised."
But there is a tremendous work to do in recovery, and Niagara felt that its $1 million could do the most good by concentrating in these two cities. Anthony Snipes, City Manager of Missouri City said, "We're incredibly grateful to Niagara. They are a great partner."
Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Headquartered in Ontario, CA, Niagara operates bottling facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. As a leading manufacturer of private brand bottled water in the U.S., Niagara Bottling works closely with some of the largest retailers, grocers, club and convenience stores throughout the country. Niagara produces a variety of beverages including bottled water, sparkling water, tea, sports drinks and vitamin enhanced waters. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com.
Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com/niagara-cares
SOURCE Niagara Bottling LLC