Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world’s largest marketer, producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products, has announced plans to locate its new Information Technology Development Center and Business Information Services Development Center in Louisville. The BIS Development Center of Louisville will be an extension of IT services provided from the system’s Atlanta group, where Coca-Cola Enterprises is headquartered.
The 5,600-s.f. BIS Development Center, set to go live in the first quarter of 2009, will build in-house knowledge by reducing reliance on external contractors. It will focus on new development and top-end projects.
“Louisville is an optimal location for a development center as it is in the same time zone as Atlanta and it has excellent technology credentials with IT professionals available from a pool of local universities,” said Michelle Bellamy, senior director of global development for Coca-Cola Enterprises.
The company plans to recruit from the local collegiate base for the new centers, which will create approximately 35 new full-time jobs. In addition to full-time opportunities, the development center will have an active internship program for students during the summer months. Students’ academic skill sets will be matched with key functions within the development center, allowing for growth and better transition after graduation.