CALISTOGA -- Crystal Geyser Water Co., which produces bottled sparkling mineral water and other bottled beverages, on Wednesday said it purchased a large production plant near Mt. Shasta in Northern California to accommodate expansion.

The company bought a 145,000-square-foot bottling facility located on 266 acres with a spring fed from Shasta-Trinity National Forest watershed at the foot of the 14,179-foot mountain.

"Our new Mt. Shasta facility will greatly increase our ability to meet growing customer demands for our products," said Doug MacLean, chief executive officer.

"This site was selected for its pristine water source, and the ability to expand production as our distribution and sales volumes increase," said Richard Weklych, executive vice president, overseeing manufacturing.

The new plant won't affect Crystal Geyser's plant in Calistoga, Mr. Weklych said Thursday.

Napa City Council in 2007 rejected the company's proposal to set up a mineral water bottling plant in a south Napa business park over concerns about future climate change-induced water shortages, production of plastic water bottles and truck traffic.

Siskiyou County Economic Development Council helped attract Crystal Geyser to Mt. Shasta, according to Tonya Dowse, executive director.

The company's started domestic production in 1977 and was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. in 1989. Exports to Japan began in 2005.

In addition to Crystal Geyser Sparkling Mineral Water, the product line has expanded to include Juice Squeeze, Tejava and Metromint, added in March through a sales licensing agreement with San Francisco-based Soma Beverage Co.