published Monday, July 21st, 2014

Coke breaks ground on new $62 million center in Chattanooga

Coca-Cola groundbreaking
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    Hard hats are balanced on a Coca-Cola truck before the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Alex Green.

Coke brass, elected officials and Shepard residents broke ground this morning on Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company's new distribution center off W. Shepard Road at the old Olan Mills property.

The center will create 43 new jobs and preserve 270 which would have followed the center had it gone to another city.

The 305,000-square-foot facility is slated to cost $62 million. Operations are expected to begin in 16 months.

Read tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete coverage.

Read about the announcement here.

about Alex Green...

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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