ATLANTA, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On the one-year anniversary of the Standard Coffee™ acquisition by DS Waters of America, Inc. a state- of- the- art coffee equipment refurbishment center opened at the New Orleans branch. The opening of this center signals the final integration of water and coffee services in one New Orleans facility. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111202/CL16284LOGO-b) The center was designed to create greater flow and efficiencies of the refurbishment process across a wider number of SKUs. New machinery and advanced tooling equipment will improve the remanufacturing process and provide customers with high quality brewed beverage equipment. Twenty-four additional associates joined the 31 associates who recently relocated to Howard Avenue. This brings the New Orleans team to a total of 150 associates at this branch. The remanufacturing team is led by Glenn Blackwell, Director of Equipment Remanufacturing, a 32-year veteran of Standard. "It was important for the jobs to remain in the area, so we could retain our expertise and continue to support the local community," said Perret deLapouyade, VP Operations, Brewed Beverage Division. "Integrating the remanufacturing team with our other brewed beverage, water filtration and bottled water teams makes sense financially and brings everyone together," states Tom Harrington, President and CEO. "It shows how each one of us are instrumental in keeping our customers for life." About DS Waters: DS Waters of America, Inc. (DS Waters) provides bottled drinking water, brewed beverages and water filtration systems to homes and offices across the U.S. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company serves over one million homes, offices, restaurants, food service organizations, convenience stores, and retail locations. Our bottled water products are sold under the brand names Alhambra ®, Athena ®, Belmont Springs, Crystal Springs®, Deep Rock®, Hinckley Springs®, Kentwood Springs®, Mount Olympus ®, Nursery ® Water, Sierra Springs®, and Sparkletts ®. Several of our bottled water brands have been satisfying consumers for more than 100 years. DS Waters offers brewed coffee and tea beverages under the Standard ® Coffee brand, as well as office break room supplies. DS Waters provides water filtration systems, equipment and services under the Relyant ® brand. DS Waters supports the communities it serves and provides safe drinking water during emergencies and natural disasters. Visit www.water.com, www.nurserywater.com, www.coffeeservice.com, and www.myutapia.com for more information. SOURCE DS Waters of America, Inc.