The nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, Coca-Cola Consolidated, celebrated the grand opening of a new, 25-acre site in Southwest Louisville. The Charlotte, NC-based company invested more than $12 million to renovate a vacant warehouse, fit-up office space, add 100,000 s.f. of new construction to create a state-of-the art, 305,00 s.f. facility.
Speaking at a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 26, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer said “This major investment in their new facility is a positive statement about the company’s commitment to Louisville … .” The bottler’s Chairman and CEO, Frank Harrison, said, “(Louisville) is a great, vibrant city with a long Coca-Cola history. We look forward to serving our customers and consumers from this new, state-of-the-art facility.”
The new facility will handle sales and distribution of Coca-Cola products in a 21-county area stretching from Owen County to Hardin County in Kentucky and Jefferson County to Harrison County in Indiana. The company currently has 350 employees working in the Louisville franchise territory. In addition, a new ‘make ready center’, which will handle deployment and refurbishing of vending and other sales equipment, is still under construction and will open later this spring. The facility is located on Global Drive in Southwest Louisville.