The Next, the New York-based energy drink maker, is taking a page from the energy drink playbook, announcing plans to build a $300 million, 20-year energy drink factory in Michigan.
The plant, expected to be operational in 2019, will produce the energy drinks and other beverages from Flint’s existing power plants and will produce its own energy.
The plant will be powered by renewable energy, but unlike many of the other plants built by companies with Flint ties, it will be an energy-efficient one.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said that the energy beverage factory will be located near the Flint International Airport.
“Flint is known for its amazing and growing economy and I’m proud to say that our new plant will produce and deliver clean, affordable and quality energy to residents of Flint, Mich.,” Weaver said in a statement.
Flint Energy, based in Detroit, has been investing heavily in its energy and water projects in the city since it announced it would close its downtown water treatment plant in 2014.
The new plant, however, could represent another investment in the region’s energy future, given that the city has the third-largest natural gas reserves in the country, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
New York’s Big Apple is the second-largest producer of energy drinks in the world, after Coke, according, to Bloomberg.
The energy drinks company is in the process of expanding its product line to include caffeinated energy drinks.
In July, the company announced plans to create two new manufacturing facilities in Detroit and one in New Jersey.
Flint is one of the cities that was devastated by the water crisis, and its water was poisoned with lead.
A federal court ruled last year that the federal government could not impose the city with its $300-million, 20 year bond to rebuild its infrastructure.