Coca-Cola Consolidated will invest more than $5 million in a new sales and distribution center at the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland, S.C., bringing 45 existing jobs and creating at least 20 new roles.

“Coke Consolidated has a rich history in South Carolina, and this investment reinforces the commitment we have to the state,” said Steve Curtis, local branch manager for Coca-Cola Consolidated. “This new facility will help us operate more efficiently to better serve our retail customers and loyal consumers throughout the region while creating jobs.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated has seven locations in South Carolina, and employs more than 1,200 people in the state. The new facility will handle sales and distribution of Coca-Cola products throughout Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

“Coca-Cola has been an important partner to our state for a long time – employing over 1,200 South Carolinians,” said S.C. Governor Henry McMaster.  “Every time a company like Coca-Cola decides to invest in South Carolina, it shows the world that there is no company too big or too small to find success here.”

Bobby Hitt, S.C. Secretary of Commerce, added, “Coca-Cola Consolidated has been a longtime member of the South Carolina business community, and we’re thrilled that they continue to invest in our state and its people. We look forward to watching this partnership thrive in the years ahead."

Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company makes, sells and distributes beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states to more than 65 million consumers.