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Lake County and Niagara Agree to Focus on the Future
Both Sides Dropping Litigation and Demonstrating Good Faith

RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2010

Niagara Bottling, LLC and Lake County have agreed to end the ongoing litigation between them. In doing so, they will bring to an end their contentious legal dispute and instead focus on the future.

“We look forward to putting this dispute behind us, and moving forward in addressing the issues facing our community,” said Board of County Commissioners Chairman Welton Cadwell.

“Niagara takes pride in having great relationships with the communities where we do business,” said Brian Hess, Director of Operations for Niagara. “We offer great jobs and are proud to lend support to the communities where we do business and where our employees and their families live. We look forward to having that same great relationship with Lake County.”

Niagara has already invested in the community through donations of water and cash contributions to first responders, nonprofit fundraisers, local governments and several food banks. Niagara and Lake County look forward to continued community involvement.

“Niagara recognizes the importance of water resources, both with respect to its own operations and the future of Lake County,” said Hess. “Niagara will continue its efforts to identify additional conservation methods and potential supplemental water supply projects. We, along with Lake County, are committed to protecting this precious resource.”

“We plan to be here for a long, long time,” said Hess. ”Our agreement with Lake County forms the foundation of what both parties hope will be a productive relationship moving forward.

“Our community, like many others, faces real challenges,” said Cadwell. “We need to think about the future and about how all Lake County businesses can be part of a revitalized economy and have a positive effect on the quality of life of Lake County’s residents. The issues between Niagara and Lake County have been resolved and we are happy to finally be able to focus on the future.”

For Niagara Bottling, LLC media information:   
Honey Rand, APR
813.948.6400

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