Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has announced a $10 million investment to its Baltimore manufacturing plant.
The company took over operations in Baltimore from Coca-Cola Refreshments in April 2016, renovating the 154,000-square-foot manufacturing centre and making improvements to the site.
The centre primarily makes 12oz canned carbonated soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite and caffeine-free Diet Coke. Currently 112 people are employed at the facility.
Coca-Cola Consolidated plant manager Reshawn Lowe said: “Coke Consolidated is proud to invest in and serve the people of Baltimore. This investment reinforces our commitment to our Baltimore teammates and to providing this community the best beverages in the world.”
Mayor of Baltimore Catherine Pugh joined company officials on a tour of the facility to learn about the investment and manufacturing processes. “We are proud to celebrate Coca-Cola Consolidated’s investment in the Baltimore community,” she said. “Any time a company invests and expands its operations here, it encourages job creation and the kind of economic development that will bring prosperity to the city.”
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the US. In February, the company gained exclusive Coca-Cola distribution rights in northern parts of Ohio.
Since May 2014, the bottler has expanded its distribution territory in 11 states, and purchased manufacturing facilities in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia.
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