Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a division of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, will build a $62 million, state-of-the-art, distribution and sales facility in Hamilton County, Tennessee
, with plans to create 43 new jobs.
According to Darren Hodges, Division Vice President for Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the company purchased the former Olan Mills site located on West Shepherd Road near Highway 153. The company plans to demolish the existing structures on the site and build a new 305,000 square foot distribution and sales facility with the goal of starting operations at the new facility in 16 to 18 months. “Coca-Cola Bottling began in Chattanooga 115 years ago,” Hodges said. “We’re proud to reaffirm our commitment to this community by establishing a new distribution facility and regional offices.”
Chattanooga Coca-Cola currently employs approximately 484 people at its location on Amnicola Highway, which will continue to hold the bottling operation. The distribution facility and regional offices will be transferred to the new location. By establishing this new facility in Hamilton County, the company will retain 270 jobs that would have been moved elsewhere.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke applauded the company’s decision to re-use an existing industrial site. “Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling is creating new jobs while breathing new life into a vacant industrial property,” Mayor Berke said. “We will continue to work closely with the company to support them in becoming operational on the timetable they’ve set.”