Realbright Sunrae Water will locate in the former Barwick Archer building in Kensington and is expected to start production in early July. The company will begin conducting interviews in June and is looking to hire about 20 initial employees.
“I am so pleased to welcome this new company to Walker County,” said county commissioner Bebe Heiskell. “We continue to receive wonderful news of businesses choosing to invest in our county. We hope Sunrae will have a long and prosperous relationship with Walker County.”
Realbright Sunrae Water president Mike Schieck said of the company's decision to locate in Walker County, “We considered several locations for our company but felt Walker County was the right place. The county's eco-nomic development team, including commissioner Heiskell particularly, really made us feel welcome and has been great to work with as we have been gearing up to get our feet on the ground in Walker County.”
The company will bottle about 2.5 million 16- and 20-ounce bottles of water a year, with an additional 150,000 five-gallon containers for home and commercial use once full production commences.
“We began working with Mr. Schieck several months ago and are glad to see this project finally coming to frui-tion,” said Larry Brooks, Walker County economic development director. “This business will add more diversity to our local economy.”
Sunrae plans to distribute its bottled water nationally.
“We have other projects that are currently being developed that we plan on locating in Walker County as well,” Schieck added.
The details regarding those additional plans are not being disclosed by the company for now.
This is the second new company welcomed by Heiskell to Walker County in less than a year, with Northern Georgia Logistics locating to Rock Spring in September.