published Friday, April 25th, 2014

New $62 million Coca-Cola distribution center will be in Chattanooga

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    Darren Hodges, division vice president for Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co., announces a new distribution center to be built on the former Olan Mills property near Highway 153.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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    Coca-Cola Bottling Company United today announced that Chattanooga is getting the $62 million distribution center which will create 43 new jobs and occupy the old Olan Mills site off Shepard Road near Highway 153. Photo by Alex Green.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United today announced that Chattanooga is getting the $62 million distribution center which will create 43 new jobs and occupy the old Olan Mills site off Shepard Road near Highway 153.

The announcement follows months of speculation about whether Coke would choose Chattanooga or go out of state.

Until today, Coke officials remained tight-lipped about where the new distribution center would go. But all moves have pointed to Chattanooga for the last few weeks.

Earlier this month, the county industrial development board approved a payment in lieu of taxes agreement for Coke, should company officials decide to build in Chattanooga.

The announcement today also comes on the eve of Chattanooga Coke celebrating 115 years in the city. Chattanooga Coke Bottling was the first ever Coca-Cola bottler.

Company officials say the construction and facilities needed now stem from Coke Bottling United absorbing territories in the wake of Coca-Cola's withdrawal from distribution services and the reliance on independent firms to take on those responsibilities.

Amnicola Highway production will be unaffected by the new distribution facility and there will be no loss of jobs there, say company officials.

Read tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete coverage.

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Alex Green joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 after completing the paper's six-month, general assignment reporter internship. Alex grew up in Dayton, Tenn., which is also where he studied journalism at Bryan College. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. During college, Alex covered the city of Graysville and the town of Spring City for The Herald-News. As editor-in-chief of Bryan College's student news group, Triangle, Alex reported on ...

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