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Coca-Cola UNITED Expands Mobile, Alabama, Operations Hub

03/22/2021
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED will invest $48 million to upgrade its campus in Mobile, Alabama. The company plans to expand its existing warehouse, optimize distribution operations and install a state-of-the-art warehousing system.

Coca-Cola UNITED will expand its existing warehouse by 120,000 square feet and install a Vertique case picking system that is leading edge in the beverage industry. The system turns the case picking process into a more organized and efficient operation and puts less stress on associates. Construction on the expansion is scheduled to begin mid-2021 and should be complete by the end of 2022.

“With this larger and more innovative facility, we will create an enhanced working environment for our associates and provide a higher level of service for our customers and communities along the Gulf Coast for decades to come,” said Coca-Cola UNITED President and CEO John Sherman.

Once the project is complete, the company expects an increase in jobs at the Mobile facility, which will continue to serve as a hub to distribute products and services to customers and other Coca-Cola UNITED sales centers along the Gulf Coast.

“It’s always special to see a company with deep Alabama roots reinvest in its operations in the state, creating new jobs and strengthen long-standing ties in their communities,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “I’m very happy that Coca-Cola Bottling UNITED is launching a growth project in Mobile and know that the company will continue to thrive in Sweet Home Alabama.”

The Mobile facility has more than 300 employees, produces more than 13 million cases annually and serves some 3,300 customers.

“Coca-Cola Bottling is a long-time member of our community and we are so happy they chose Mobile for this significant investment. We can’t wait to see what they do in the next 100 years,” said David Rodgers, vice president of economic development at the Mobile Area Chamber.

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