Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated has announced plans to build a sales and distribution facility in Erlanger, Kentucky as part of a $30 million investment, creating more than 430 full-time jobs.
With the opening of this facility taking place in late summer 2019, these positions include distribution, sales and warehouse functions. The planned 300,000-square-foot facility will cover approximately 32 acres in Erlanger.
Governor of Kentucky Matt Bevin said: “Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most iconic brands, and we are grateful that Coca-Cola Consolidated is expanding their presence here in Kentucky. This new sales and distribution centre will provide the company with immense logistical advantages, and the hundreds of jobs being created are welcome news to families in Erlanger and the surrounding communities. We look forward to continuing our work with Coca-Cola Consolidated and hope to see them further expand their footprint in Kentucky in the years ahead.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated has been established for over 116 years, and is in close partnership with Coca-Cola as its biggest bottling company in the US. In Kentucky, Coca-Cola Consolidated currently operates four facilities employing 875 people in Louisville, Lexington, Paducah and Pikeville.
The venture has been met with positivity from Erlanger. Mayor Tyson Hermes said that this investment “reaffirms [Coca-Cola Consolidated’s] commitment to refresh and strengthen local communities.”
Hermes went on to say: “Hundreds of employment opportunities are a blessing for our residents. We look forward to having a new community partner in 2019, and will work to ensure their experiences with the City of Erlanger are positive.”
Erlanger Representative Adam Koenig added: “I’m certain that the plant will become a staple in the local economy in no time.”
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