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Nestle Waters North America Awards Multi-Year, Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Zephyr Fluid Solutions, A Local Manufacturing Company

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Newtown, CT (October 1, 2013) Nestle Waters North America (Nestlé Waters) announced today a five-year manufacturing contract award to Zephyr Fluid Solutions of Newtown, CT for display and transportation racks to be used throughout Nestlé Waters’ fleet of Direct trucks.   Zephyr Fluid Solutions will produce racks that can organize and safely and efficiently transport case packs of Nestlé Waters’ bottled water products for delivery to homes and offices, such as half liter bottles of its Poland Spring® brand natural spring water and Nestlé Pure Life® water, as well as its Perrier® and S. Pellegrino® products.  Zephyr Fluid Solutions expects to hire additional engineers and manufacturing personnel as a result of this contract.

“This most recent award is an outcome of a competitive bidding event and delivers the best combination of quality, service and price for Nestlé Waters while strengthening our ties to Zephyr Fluid Solutions as a strategic supplier,” says Christian Randhahn, National Purchasing Manager for Nestlé Waters.

Zephyr Fluid Solutions has been supplying Nestlé Waters with products to support the growth of 3 and 5 gallon water bottles in the retail channel for over three years. This contract will grow the existing business between Zephyr Fluid Solutions and Nestlé Waters as they continue to develop new and innovative products together.

“We are focused on growing our manufacturing capabilities in Connecticut in a very difficult economic environment.  This contract with Nestlé Waters demonstrates the viability of manufacturing here in Connecticut,” commented Patrick Wind, President of Zephyr Fluid Solutions.  “We invested in this facility nearly two years ago with the expectation that we could achieve this level of growth.”

About Nestlé Waters North America

The availability of healthful beverages is more important than ever, and Nestlé Waters North America provides people with an unrivaled portfolio of bottled waters and other refreshment beverages. The company’s bottled water brands in the U.S. include, DeerPark®, Nestlé® Pure Life®, Poland Spring®, resource® and international brands Perrier® and S.Pellegrino®. These well-known brands have led Nestlé Waters North America to be the third largest non-alcoholic beverage company by volume in the U.S.  The company is based in Stamford, Conn., with about 7,500 employees. Nestlé Waters North America is committed to reducing its environmental footprint across its business and working with others to improve recycling rates in North America.

About Zephyr Fluid Solutions

Together with Windmade Products, Zephyr Lock and Wind Hardware & Engineering, Zephyr Fluid Solutions is part of the Wind Group of Companies.  The Wind Group is a diverse group of companies serving customers throughout North America. Their core competencies include design, manufacturing, and global sourcing, which they combine with an intense customer focus. The Wind Group began in 1949 as Wind Corporation specializing in locks and hardware. Since then their focus has expanded to include industrial hardware, locker lock solutions, bottled water transportation, storage & merchandising solutions, and most recently, the design and manufacture of products for the cinema and aerospace markets. With numerous patents and additional patents pending, they pride themselves on their ability to respond quickly to the needs of their markets and customers with creative & unique solutions and an entrepreneurial spirit. Zephyr Fluid Solutions, through its sister company, opened its manufacturing operations in 2011 when it purchased the facilities of a nearly 100 year old supplier of film projection room equipment. Through its 60,000 square foot fully integrated manufacturing facility in Newtown, Zephyr is capable of metal forming, machining, welding and powder coat painting.



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