Coca-Cola Consolidated is expanding its regional remanufacturing center at the Monroe Corporate Center, located in the city’s “Class A” precision manufacturing industrial park.
The Company is adding 42,000 square feet of space to meet growing demand and expects to complete the work in fall 2024. An investment of up to $15 million is currently anticipated in connection with the project.
“This investment reflects our dedication to innovation, growth and our teammates,” said Mark Simmons, Senior Vice President of Equipment Services at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “We’re expanding our remanufacturing capacity and fostering an environment of learning and development, ensuring a bright future for both our teammates and the Monroe community.”
The added capacity will include new paint booth and high-pressure cleaning equipment, as well as classrooms and training workstations to prepare Coke Consolidated’s next generation of diverse servant leaders.
“Monroe is very proud that Coca-Cola Consolidated chose to expand their facility here in Monroe,” said Mayor Marion Holloway. “The company has provided jobs for our residents since 1996, and I am pleased they will continue to offer excellent career opportunities.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated is the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. In addition to servicing its own beverage cooling and dispensing equipment, such as coolers, fountain/vending beverage dispensers and ice machines, Coca-Cola Consolidated’s subsidiary, Equipment Reutilization Services (ERS) will be performing similar work at the facility for other Coca-Cola Bottlers and commercial business partners.
County Commission Chairman Stony Rushing shared, “Union County has been focused on growing our commercial tax base by providing one of the best business environments in the Carolinas. Coca-Cola Consolidated’s decision to grow here demonstrates the confidence businesses have in our community. We are very proud to partner with them as they continue to invest in Union County.”
At the June 19th, 2023, Board of County Commissioners meeting, Union County awarded a “STEP 3” economic development incentive grant not to exceed $330,000 in total. The City of Monroe also awarded a Level III economic development incentive grant not to exceed $300,000 over the same period at their meeting on June 13th, 2023.
Chris Platé, Executive Director of Monroe-Union County Economic Development Commission, expressed excitement about Coca-Cola Consolidated’s expansion in the community. “Monroe and Union County work diligently to remain a preferred location for precision manufacturing operations. Our community is honored that Coca-Cola Consolidated will expand their footprint in our community once again.”
Coca-Cola Consolidated is dedicated to strengthening the communities where its teammates live and work. Teammates at the Monroe facility have been long-time supporters of Hometown Heroes, Ground 40, House of Pearls, Union County Community Shelter, First Responders of Union County, and many other local non-profits.