Westrock Coffee Company is expanding its North Little Rock roasting and packaging plant.
The expansion is part of the company’s $50 million financing and is designed to “meet growing customer demand and address emerging customer needs,” according to a Westrock news release.
Westrock Coffee is a fair trade coffee supplier that partners with coffee farmers in 21 countries. The company provides education in sustainable agriculture and has developed an Agribusiness Training Program initiative. The beans that are harvested are then shipped to North Little Rock to be prepared and delivered for customers.
In addition to expanding its facility, Westrock Coffee will also be increasing its number of employees. According to CEO and co-founder Scott Ford, more than 60 full-time employees will be added. The increase in employees will bring Westrock’s Arkansas employee total to around 130 and roughly 400 worldwide.
“This is an exciting time for Westrock Coffee and marks a huge milestone for the company, our employees, community, and customers who will all benefit from the opportunities this expansion presents,” Ford says. “We are experiencing unprecedented customer growth that requires our physical plant expansion and increased production capacity”
The North Little Rock facility serves as a hub for roasting, grinding, packaging and delivering its private-label coffee through various distribution channels in the United States, Europe and Asia.
“The success of Westrock Coffee shows that a great idea can become a game changer in any industry,” said Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Executive Director Mike Preston. “We are proud to support a homegrown company that has found its niche and is on the rise thanks to a proven business model and delicious product.”
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