On March 1, 2016, approximately 117 years after Chattanooga became the first place where
The decision to open this $67 million, state-of-the-art facility wasn’t the most obvious of choices. The new facility expanded on Chattanooga
The decision to build in West Chattanooga preserved or created more than 500 jobs, including a leadership role for native Chattanoogian Darren Hodges, who is division director of
“Coca-Cola UNITED’s investment in this world-class sales and distribution center is tangible evidence of our confidence and optimism in our business and Chattanooga,” said Claude B. Nielsen, Chairman,
One of the bottler’s first steps in building the facility was to address infrastructure problems on the road leading to the site. UNITED wrote the city of Chattanooga a check for $260,000 for road and sidewalk improvements.
This type of investment in Chattanooga is not unusual for the local Coke bottler. The city still credits much of its prosperity to
The ties between city and soda go so deep that one local Chattanoogian, knowing the city’s history with
The interest in
The new facility introduced a cutting-edge warehouse and case-packing system that improves productivity and accuracy of warehouse order-picking functions. This technology improves case-loading and distribution efficiency from 7.5 million cases per year to 11 million cases per year, and distribution can be easily expanded to more than 13 million cases per year with sales growth or the additions of new brands and packages.
“With the technology improvements we’ve made, we’re poised to continue growing and serving our customers, consumers, and communities in Chattanooga well through the next decade,” Hodges said.
“[The] new facility is emblematic of the energy and momentum we’re seeing across our bottling system today,” said James Quincey, President and CEO of The