Starbucks Coffee Roasting Plant
Starbucks, the international coffee brand, constructed a coffee roasting facility in Calhoun County, South Carolina, USA, in 2009. The 117,000 square foot plant, built by Stellar Construction and Engineering, required a $70 million investment and received silver LEED certification for its environmentally friendly features. The facility uses recycled materials, conserves energy and water, and utilizes wind energy. It receives coffee beans through the Port of Charleston, roasts them, and ships them to distribution centers. However, in 2009, Starbucks implemented cost-saving measures, leading to job cuts and operational changes at the roasting plant.