Chattanooga, TN - Coca-Cola Bottling Company United officials announced on Tuesday the company may expand in Hamilton County.
In a press release, they said the idea is to build a new, state-of-the-art distribution and sales facility, by investing $62 million and it would bring 43 new jobs to Chattanooga over the next year.
“Coca-Cola bottling began in Chattanooga. We’ve been here for 115 years and hope to grow here,” said Darren Hodges, division vice president for Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company. “But, we’re having a hard time finding industrial property in Hamilton County that can accommodate this expansion. We’re working through our final due diligence and hope to finalize our investment soon.”
The plan includes building a 290,000 square food distribution and sales facility, improve automobile parking, roadways, truck docks, truck and trailer maneuvering and parking areas, stormwater management system, lighting and landscaping.
“This expansion project would keep Coca-Cola growing in Hamilton County and add family-wage jobs in our area,” said Mayor Jim Coppinger. “Everyone in the community, from individuals to small businesses, benefits from added jobs and the resulting additional income circulating in our local economy.”
“Coca-Cola is a globally-recognized, incredibly valuable brand with its roots planted firmly in our community," said Mayor Andy Berke. "We are proud of the Coca-Cola legacy in Chattanooga and look forward to the possibility of a new distribution facility that will increase their presence in our area.”
CCBCU currently has 487 employees in Chattanooga. Coca Cola said 203 employees will remain at the existing bottling facility while the distribution and regional offices will be transferred to a new location along with the additional 43 new jobs.
“Coca-Cola’s potential expansion in Chattanooga continues our city’s heritage as an ideal location for food and beverage manufacturers,” said Charles Wood, vice president of economic development at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “The new distribution facility would create jobs and redevelopment, demonstrating the importance of existing industry expansion in our community.”