Proud of Michigan Roots.
Whether it’s showing up for Michigan communities, protecting the spring water that comes from our great state or greatly contributing to the local and statewide economy — BlueTriton Brands is committed to Michigan. The vast majority of Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water comes from Michigan, and BlueTriton Brands is proud to turn a renewable resource into jobs and economic investment for the state.
The Ice Mountain® facility located in Stanwood, MI, employs hundreds of Michigan residents; 285 to be exact. In the plant, jobs range from manufacturer to forklift driver, while others are more specialized like mechanics and programmers. The facility also houses a state certified lab made up of microbiologists and chemists. Additionally, BlueTriton Brands employes many logistic management specialist to ensure products are distributed to suppliers throughout the state.
Since opening their doors in 2002, BlueTriton Brands is committed to sustainably managing their spring sources, supporting community efforts and volunteering alongside their local communities.
It's Not Simply Filling Bottles.
BLUETRITON BRANDS GIVES BACK
One core value of BlueTriton Brands is to give back. “If there is a need in the community, we are there to support in those efforts,” says Arlene Anderson-Vincent, natural resource manager for BlueTriton Brands. She says the best part of her job is the ability to make an impact in the communities in which they operate. They have been involved in some great projects from, “river cleanups to recycling, improvements in local infrastructure and supplying water to communities in need.”
They know how essential water is, especially during times of crisis. They’ve donated millions of bottles of water since 2018 to Flint, MI, communities during natural disasters and emergencies and will continue to be there when support is needed.
Committed to Sustainability.
In March of 2022, BlueTriton Brands welcomed the addition of their first Chief Sustainability Officer, Ed Ferguson. His role is to empower value chains to thrive in a dynamic world so they can deliver a better tomorrow through long-term sustainability in water stewardship, circular packaging, climate action and communities. Ed ensures they are committed to sustainability by minimizing the environmental impact of their operations. That’s why during every step of the production cycle, from manufacturing to delivery, BlueTriton Brands works diligently to find efficiencies across their facilities, fleet and operations.
Operating in the plastics world, recycling is a large part of BlueTriton Brand’s sustainability efforts. The bottles are designed to the standards of Association of Plastic Recycling (APR) to be recyclable, including labels that peel off easily to avoid contaminating the recycling stream. Unfortunately, less than 30% of PET plastic is recycled in the U.S. That means a shocking 68% ends up in the waste stream. But, BlueTriton Brands is confident of change. The more plastic consumers recycle, the more they can use to create new recycled bottles, and less plastic waste is generated.
BlueTriton Brands is committed to setting an example as a water steward. Recently, the Mecosta, MI plant received a platinum certification through the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS). So far, 15 of their 25 factories have been certified and they are proud of their commitment to certify all sites to the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard by 2025.
This past June, BlueTriton Brands and its Ice Mountain® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water were awarded the Green Infrastructure Project Award for conservation efforts at the Twin Creek Nature Area in Evart, Michigan by the Wildlife Habitat Council. The Council awards honors programs, projects and companies that demonstrate excellence in corporate conservation.
Contributing to Michigan's Economy.
BlueTriton Brands plays a key part in Michigan’s economic growth. In a study done by Public Sector Consultants (PSC) — direct employees, employee compensation and revenue as output was used to generate the facility’s overall contribution to the state’s economy. PSC found that BlueTriton Brands contributed $50.4 million to Michigan’s economy in gross state product.
PSC used the same direct contribution estimates to generate the facility’s total contribution to the regional economy of Osceola and Mecosta Counties. PSC determined that BlueTriton Brands contributed $47.5 million to the regional economy in gross regional product.